Biography - J.E. Kostrava

James E. Kostrava is President and Owner of Funding Freedom, an organizational management and fund raising firm, and is the Communications Leader for GANTEC Advance, LLC, a natural products biotechnology company in the MidMichigan Innovation Center in Midland, Michigan.

From 2007 to 2010 he served as Executive Vice President of MITECH+, Inc., a non-profit organization located in Midland, Michigan that promotes skilled trades and technical careers. Mr. Kostrava served as the President & CEO of the Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, from 2004 to 2007.

From 2000 to 2002 he served as vice president for external relations for the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), Irvington-on-Hudson, New York. FEE is the oldest free-market educational organization in the world.

From 1995 to 2000 Mr. Kostrava served as vice president for development for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, an independent, non-profit research and educational organization located in Midland, Michigan. The Mackinac Center is the largest of the 38 state-focused free-market public policy research institutes in the United States, and it is considered to be one of the most influential. Immediately prior to joining the Mackinac Center he served as executive director of the President's Club for the Oakland University Foundation in Rochester, Michigan.

Mr. Kostrava spent 13 years of his career at the Construction Association of Michigan in Bloomfield Hills where he was vice president - marketing. In that position, he was chairman and founder of the Design & Construction Expo, now the largest construction exposition and trade show in the Midwest.

Mr. Kostrava earned his bachelor of arts degree in Advertising from Michigan State University in 1975. In 1983 he attended the Graduate School of Business Administration, MBA program, at the University of Detroit.

In 1990 he earned distinction as a Certified Association Executive through the American Society of Association Executives in Washington, D.C. Less than ten percent of association executives throughout the United States hold this certification. In 1991 he earned a Certificate of Achievement: Principles, Techniques of Fund Raising, at Indiana University - Purdue University at Indianapolis.

Mr. Kostrava serves on Occupational Advisory Board of Mid-Middle Community College and is on the Board of Advisors of the Africa Food Abundance Fund. He is a member of the American Society of Association Executives. He is a founding director and Board Member Emeritus for the Construction Innovation Forum and past Chairman of the Construction Activities Committee of the Engineering Society of Detroit. 

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