Steve Rezayat to Ascend as SPJA CFO

Los Angeles, California (September 3, 2008) — Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) announced today that Mr. Steve M. Rezayat is joining the organization as Chief Financial Officer. More information can be found on the website

Mr. Rezayat will be joining former Chief Financial Officer and current Chief Executive Officer Ms. Trulee Karahashi in the guidance of the organization that runs the nation's largest anime and manga convention, Anime Expo® (

“We're very excited to have Steve onboard,” said SPJA CEO, Trulee Karahashi. “His qualifications, background and enthusiasm are valued and will contribute a great deal to our organization. We are looking forward to his assistance with the continued growth and strength of the SPJA where we are now and in the future.”

Mr. Rezayat is a seasoned financial management executive with over thirty-six (36) years of experience and holds a Master's degree in Management and a Bachelor's degree in Accounting.

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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