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Adam Milstein’s Journey to Entrepreneurship

July 3, 2017 - Author: steph - No Comments

Both of Adam Milstein’s parents were emigrants to Israel. His mother, Eva (Temkin) Milshtein, immigrated from Mexico when she was 18. His father, Hillel Milshtein, immigrated from Argentina when he was 19. He also served as a combat sailor during Israel’s war for independence. Shortly after serving, he and Eva married in Haifa, Israel.

Adam and his two siblings, Joshua and Dalit, were born in Haifa. Because of their father’s job, the family moved from Haifa to Kiryat Yam and then to Kiryat Motzkin. Adam spent much of his childhood in Motzkin, learning real estate work from his father.

When Adam turned 18, he began his mandatory service in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). In 1973, he served with the Ariel Sharon’s Army Division during the Yom Kippur War. His group crossed the Suez Canal into Egypt to surrender the Third Egyptian Army Division.

After completing his service, Adam enrolled in the Israeli Institute of Technology, the Technion. While attending the Technion, he continued working with his father. In 1974, he married and his girlfriend, Gila Elgrably, got married in Haifa. He continued helping his father expand the family real estate construction and development company until he graduated in 1978.

By 1981, Mr. Milstein had two daughters and a pregnant wife. He wanted more for his family so, he moved his entire family, including his parents, to the United States. There, he continued his education at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

One day, while on campus, Milstein listened to some recruiters offering jobs. Having worked in real estate for many years before, Milstein felt that the recruiters weren’t offering a fair deal. He decided to venture into the U.S. real estate industry on his own. Within the first three years, he was a successful commercial real estate sales agent.

Over the years, he’s made a great success of himself as an investor. He now dedicates much of his time to philanthropic endeavors. Recently, he discussed the appalling abuse of Jewish students on U.S. college campuses.

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