Adam Milstein is an accomplished real estate investor, community leader, and philanthropist. However, his background is fascinating and tells the story of a man who is relentlessly optimistic, gifted with an entrepreneurial spirit, and always looking for opportunities wher eit may seem that there are none.
Adam Milstein is a native of Israel and served in the IDF during the Yom Kippur War. Three years after he gradutaed from the Technion in 1978 he came to the United States to pursue his higher education. He received his MBA from USC and immediately began working in Commercial Real Estate in Southern California in 1983.
However, he didn’t start out working for other companies. When recruiters came to the USC campus, his conversations with them showed that they didn’t seem to appreciate his unique life experience, his skill set, or what he had to offer. He was routinely offered pay that was below what he should have been earning even as a recent MBA graduate. So, instead of getting upset or settling, he decided to simply set out on his own and create his own business.
After working in Commercial Real Estate for awhile, he turned his attention to real estate investing and eventually created Hager Pacific Properties, a real estate investment firm of which he is a Managing Partner.
His business success is notable, but his contributions to the community are just as impressive. He is the National Chairman of the Israeli-American Council, a philanthropic organization that he co-founded. He works with the organization to help drive their national expansion efforts. In addition, he also sits on the board of many other philanthropic organizations that focus on Israeli-American relations, Israeli nationals, and the Jewish community.
His approach to life is similar to his approach to business, a somewhat non-traditional path that often flies in the face of the status quo. For instance, he says he never makes specific goals because they’re too restricive. He just does the best he can every day, and so far it has worked for him. Perhaps that optimism, flexibility, and positivity is something everyone could use to help improve their life and business.