Adam Milstein is a Jewish philanthropist who resides in Southern California. He came to the United States in in 1981 from Israel along with his wife, Gila and their two children. The Milstein’s would have a third child that was born in the United States.
Mr. Milstein’s background includes being educated at the Technion, which is Israel’s most prestigious university. He studied business and economics at the Technion and worked with his father in real estate and construction. Adam Milstein also served as a soldier in the Israeli Defense Force. He saw military combat while on duty during Israel’s Yom Kippur War with its neighbors that saw Israel victorious.
After settling down in Southern California, Adam Milstein quickly enrolled at the University of Southern California to pursue a graduate degree in business. After he completed his MBA he found work as an independent broker. Eventually Milstein’s tenacity and hard work landed him a job at Hager Pacific Properties.
After working with Hager Pacific Properties, Milstein was promoted to be a managing director at this real estate development firm. It was while working at Hager Pacific Properties that Adam Milstein was introduced into the wide world of philanthropy. One of his business partners at Hager Pacific Partners encouraged Adam Milstein to support charities and causes that were dear to his heart. He also brought up the idea of ma’aser rishon and Tzedakah which is the giving of a tenth of one’s income to charities and to support charities in whatever way possible.
With a successful career and a family that was growing up, Adam Milstein decided to dive headlong into the world of philanthropy. He created his own family foundation that is called the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation. It gives out more than a million dollars each year to charities, scholarships and non-profits that support the Jewish community and causes.
Adam Milstein also created a non-profit group called Pijama B’ America. This non-profit helps provide books to Jewish families and Israeli Americans in the United States. It provides them free of charge. The goal of Pijama B’ America is to help Jewish and Israeli families learn about their Jewish history and heritage and reconnect with the Hebrew language.
The fashion and the technological scene may sound like two very different fields at first, and rightfully so. One focuses traditionally more on an aesthetic and appealing aspect while the latter traditionally was occupied by utility and practicality. As both advance towards the future however, their once traditional aims have become enriched and enhanced. In an Engadget article, investor Christopher Burch explains, “Over time, technology becomes fashionable, and fashion becomes technologically fashionable”. We see fashion designers recycling old material and creating gorgeous pieces in order to create sustainable products. Technology, as can be seen with the advent of the recent Apple Watch, continues to put an increasing focus towards how it looks and fits into a person’s overall wardrobe appearance. As both fields continue into the future, it will not be surprising to see them continue to play off one another, to share ideas and inspiration and to enhance the final aims.
Christopher Burch is the founder of Burch Creative Capital as well its CEO. In his long and experienced career, Burch has been a key component in the rise of over 50 different companies. With 40 years of experience as a successful entrepreneur and investor, Burch brings a valuable set of expertise and experiences that can help any company grow to its best. Through Burch Creative Capital, Burch’s entrepreneurial ideals and passion is put into his investments with the overarching drive to create, disrupt and scale. Burch’s investments are aimed to help improve and impact customers’ lives. His investments are given direction, oversight and incubation to help them become the powerful and impactful brands that Burch strives to produce.
The investment portfolio created and maintained by Burch Creative Capital reflects their entrepreneurial drive to create impactful and disruptive brands. Some more recent additions include TRADEMARK, Cocoon9, ED by Ellen Degeneres just to name a few. Also, some more companies with a greater track record on Burch Creative Capital’s list of investments include Voss Water and Jawbone. Burch continues to strive to diversify his investment portfolio by tapping into varying markets such as organic foods, technology and even home furnishings and retail. This wide array of markets ensures that Burch’s creative and entrepreneurial impact can spread as far as possible.
Burch’s expertise has also seen him at the helm of many large organizations and companies. At the Rothman Institute Orthopaedic Foundation, he once held a board position. Other previous board positions include The Continuum Group as well as with Guggenheim Partners.