Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation Announces New Board Members

Perez Announced as New Chairman of the SPJA Board

Anaheim, California (October 24, 2007) — The overseeing body of Anime Expo®
(the nation's largest anime/manga convention), the Society for the Promotion
of Japanese Animation (SPJA), announces five (5) new additions to the Board
of Directors. More information can be found on the website

Mr. Lionel Lum, with degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University
of California Los Angeles and Computer Engineering from San Jose State
University, has been with the organization since 1992 with various volunteer
and management positions. Mr. Lum states that his intentions are “to get
things done with as little paperwork as possible and make sure set policies
and rules adhere to common sense.”

Mr. Craige Howlett, an A.S., Computer Science recipient from Harbor Junior
College, is also the current Chief Financial Officer for the Anime Resources
Group (owners of FanimeCon). Mr. Howlett has “over 35 years of experience in
Sicence Fiction, Horror, Fantasy and Anime conference planning”.

Mr. H. Roderic Onodera joins the Board as a veteran volunteer on staff for
15 years and has been an integral contributor to the Guest Relations
Department of Anime Expo®.

Chairman-elect Mr. Marc Perez is a University Graduate and a Systems Analyst
for the defense industry and has been part of the Anime Expo® family as a
volunteer since 2004. His skills stem from retail sales management, computer
service and support, customer service and management. Mr. Perez applied for
a position on the SPJA Board of Directors for the betterment of Industry,
Staff & Fandom.

Mr. Paul Wilson, hails from Penn State and is one of the most visible faces
at the convention, has been with Anime Expo® extensively as a volunteer
since 1992 (two (2) of the years Mr. Wilson served as co-Chairman for the
convention as well). “I feel I have visibly demonstrated my commitment and
dedication to Anime Expo® and the SPJA by the years of devoting personal
time and resources to the betterment of AX”, states Mr. Wilson.

The five (5) new additional members join existing Board of Directors, Josh
Ritter and Ross Johnson, effective immediately and will be charged with the
responsibility of guiding the activities of the Society for the Promotion of
Japanese Animation and its existing and future projects.

About Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation
The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) is a non-profit
organization with a mission to popularize and educate the American public
about anime and manga, as well as provide a forum to facilitate
communication between professionals and fans. This organization is more
popularly known by its entertainment property – Anime Expo®. More
information can be found at its website (

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