In a press release that was released late last night, there was question as far as who was going to be the new CEO of SPJA when Marc Perez stepped down last year. The answer is Mark Manansala. Mark was the Vice-Chairman of the SPJA under Marc Perez, and now that Marc has stepped down, Mark has given control as the new CEO. Mark has been around as long as 2009 volunteering to help Anime Expo in the Control Department of Anime Expo. Throughout the years since he was elected to the board in 2012, he served two consecutive terms until October 16th, 2016, when he resigned from the Board to join the SPJA. Mark's other track record before taking up this position outisde of the convention scene was, he has had a long and successful track record of overseeing commercial banking at US Bank and Wells Fargo, where he played an integral part in growing companies in a variety of industries.
“The Board is delighted to welcome Mark as the new CEO of SPJA,” said John Roadarmel, Chairman of the Board, “we look forward to Ray and Mark taking SPJA into the future, with the rest of SPJA’s outstanding directors and staff.”
The other big news to come out of this announcement is that Ray Chiang is now the Chief Operating Officer. Ray is already familiar with this role as he served as interim Chief Executive Officer since April 4, 2016, and only now taking full control of the position. With questions regarding the ethics of the Anime Expo staff, and deals the SPJA makes for their conventions, its going to be interesting how the leadership changes will affect the southern California conventions.
Source: Press Release