Adam Milstein arrived in the US in 1981 and enrolled for his MBA in the University of Southern California where he specialized in entrepreneurship. His motivation to venture on his own into real estate came about as a result of recruiters offering much less than what he felt he was worth. Initially, Adam Milstein had thought of making just enough money to enable him to settle the student loans and head back to Israel, but after three years of being a successful real estate commercial broker, he fully ventured into real estate investment. Milstein met David Hager, an Israeli investor, whom he convinced that they could jointly invest in properties. They later co-found Hager Pacific Properties, a privately owned real estate investment company, which specializes in the development of commercial and private aging properties.
Milstein was the first born son to Eva Milshtein and Hillel Milshtein, who was a real estate developer in Haifa, Israel. During his early years, Milstein joined the Israeli Defense Forces, after which he enrolled in the Israeli Institute of Technology. He graduated in 1978 with a degree in business and economics. In the course of his studies, he helped his father expand their real estate and property development business, a factor that must have played a significant role in influencing him to become a real estate entrepreneur. He met and married his wife Gila Elgrably in 1974 in Haifa. Besides being the co-founder of Hager Pacific Properties, Milstein is also a co-founder of the Israeli American Council to which he also is the National Chairman. Despite his not returning to Israel, he views himself as an Israeli ambassador as a result of his being a board member of several pro-Israeli organizations such as Jewish Funders Network, Los Angeles Board of Birthright Israel, among others. Along with his wife, they also founded the Sifriyat Pijama B’America, where they provide monthly Hebrew books to impact Jewish values to Israeli-Jewish-American families in the US.