Daniel Milstein

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Daniel Milstein
Daniel Milstein at the INC. 500 awards in 2009
Born (1975-11-08) November 8, 1975 (age 44)
ResidenceNorthville, Michigan
EducationCleary University
OccupationEntrepreneur, author, founder & CEO of Gold Star Financial Group
EmployerGold Star Financial Group

Daniel Milstein (Ukrainian: Дэн Мильштейн; born November 8, 1975) is a Ukrainian American entrepreneur.[1] Milstein’s 2013 autobiography 17 Cents and a Dream detailed his family’s emigration from Ukraine on the day the country affirmed its independence from the then-USSR. He is the founder and owner of Gold Star group, which includes Gold Star Financial Group and Gold Star Sports. Clients include Pavel Datsyuk.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Daniel Milstein was born in Kiev, Ukraine, which was then known as the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic.[3] Milstein wrote 17 Cents and a Dream, about his family’s emigration to the United States. He wrote about his family’s arrival and starting from nothing to building Gold Star Companies. Milstein has written three other books including[1] Rule #1 Don’t Be #2, released in 2017.[4]


Milstein graduated from Cleary University before founding Gold Star Financial Group in 2000. The company began as a mortgage provider based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Milstein didn’t engage in the subprime bubble and had significant growth during the 2008 mortgage crisis. They were on Inc.’s 2009 list of 500 Fastest-Growing privately-held companies and Crain's named Milstein on their list of "40 Under 40”.[5][4]

Milstein was a friend and interpreter of Pavel Datsyuk before becoming his agent[6] and managed negotiations for Datsyuk’s retirement from the NHL. After that, Milstein became the agent for several other Russian NHL players. In December 2016, Milstein (as Gold Star Sports Management) stepped in during Artemi Panarin’s contract negotiation with the Chicago Blackhawks.[7] The Blackhawks and Panarin agreed to a two-year extension worth $12 million; Panarin was later traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Danis Zaripov was represented by Milstein in negotiations with the NHL after being banned by the IIHF. Zaripov was declared eligible to play in September 2017.

Milstein represents several other Russian players including Nikita Zaitsev, Alexey Marchenko, Andrei Mironov, Vladislav Namestnikov, Nikita Soshnikov, Klim Kostin, Nikita Nesterov, and Nikita Kucherov.


  • The ABC of Sales: Lessons from a Superstar (2011) GoldStar Publishing, MI. ISBN 0983552711
  • 17 Cents and a Dream: My Incredible Journey from the USSR to Living the American Dream (2013) GoldStar Publishing, MI. ISBN 0983552746
  • Street Smart Selling: How to Be a Sales Superstar (2014) GoldStar Publishing, MI. ISBN 978-0983552772
  • Rule #1 Don’t be Rule #2 (2007) GoldStar Publishing, MI. ISBN 1947165038


  1. ^ a b Henderson, Tom (October 4, 2009). "C rain's 40 under 40: DANIEL MILSTEIN, 33". Crain's (Detroit Business). Crain Communications. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Custance: Hockey world unsure how to handle agent Dan..." The Athletic. Retrieved 2017-11-21.
  3. ^ McKee, Jenn (May 16, 2013). "Ann Arbor author's book, '17 Cents and a Dream,' wins an award". Ann Arbor News. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  4. ^ Desk, BWW News. "Rule #1 Don't Be #2 Wins Beach Book Festival, Named Runner Up in New York Book Festival". Retrieved 2017-08-31.
  5. ^ Peter., Shankman (2013). Nice companies finish first : why cutthroat management is over--and collaboration is in (1st ed.). New York: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 0230341896. OCLC 797334609.
  6. ^ Cazeneuve, Brian (May 2, 2011). "Disgusting But In a Good Way". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on November 21, 2017.
  7. ^ Hine, Chris Kuc, Chris. "Late agent switch doesn't derail Artemi Panarin's deal with Blackhawks". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2017-11-21.

Daniel Milstein in libraries (WorldCat catalog)

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