Adam Milstein has a very busy schedule, though by his own admission there’s nothing very routine about it. His typical day usually involves making investments in large commercial properties or brokering purchasing or leasing deals for clients at Hager Pacific Properties, but you can also usually find him at work in philanthropy. Ideamensch decided to interview him not long ago so that other people looking to invest in real estate could glean advice from him.
Adam Milstein told Ideamensch that he chose real estate coming out of college because the rewards he could gain by investing in it were quite numerous, and he said it offered more than what most recruiters at his grad school offered. Philanthropic activities are often included in his daily tasks because not only because they provide a little more structure to his day, but also because they’re important to his beliefs. One of Milstein’s most shocking revelations is that he doesn’t consider goals to be helpful in his business but instead says without them he can actually push his limits further and do more.
Adam Milstein has been with Hager Pacific Properties for about 30 years, and prior to that he was a soldier in the Israeli Defense Forces and a graduate of the Technion Institute in his hometown of Haifa, Israel. While he still lived in Israel, he also met and married his wife Gila and began raising two of his three daughters. The Milsteins have been involved in philanthropy and activism ever since moving to the US, but when they started the family foundation in 2000 they expanded it.
Adam Milstein considers college campuses to be an important area of philanthropy because they are where tomorrow’s leaders in the Jewish community are. He is proud to sponsor and travel with these groups back to Israel and let them see how the culture over there is important to to their identity. For Jewish families who want to learn the Hebrew language and learn the stories of leaders in the past, Sifriyat Pijama B’America is a branch of the Milstein Foundation that supplies that material to them.