Adam Milstein told Ideamensch that he has worked for himself since earning an MBA from USC, since he could not find an employer that appreciated his experience, and who was willing to pay him for it. After working as a broker for several years, Milstein started investing in real estate. Currently, Milstein is a managing partner at Hager Pacific Properties; he says he finds commercial real estate very exciting. He admits it takes a while to begin earning money in real estate, however, he has learned patience. Milstein also told Ideamensch that being involved in philanthropy makes his regular job more satisfying. Milstein credits his success to being driven, however, he never sets personal goals because they are limiting. In addition, he claims that being persistent and following up on every lead helped him grow his business.
Milstein is a community leader, as well as a philanthropist. He helped start the Israeli-American Council, where he serves as chair of the board. Milstein also serves on the board of several other organizations, including Israel on Campus Coalition, Jewish Funders Network, American Israel Public Affairs Committee and several others. In 2016, Adam Milstein ranked number 39 in The Jerusalem Post’s 50 Most Influential Jews. He is in good company, Benjamin Netanyahu, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and entertainer Sarah Silverman made the list as well. Milstein also earned a spot on the 100 Most Influential Jewish Twitterers.
Through the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation, Milstein’s supports a number of organizations that combat anti-Semitism, provide Jewish community services, support youth outreach and other pro-Israel causes.