In 2017, a group of convention enthusiasts created an online group on Facebook to build communities and encourage collaboration. With each passing event, the community grew larger and the aspirations of hosting a large festival became possible. In 2018, the board of members along with many supporters from the Facebook group then agreed to host an event reflecting on the ideas and values of the community: AniFest
AniFest is organized by JCEG, Inc. a 501(3)c Non-profit organization involved in promoting cultural groups and events.
Staff and Board Members
Chief Operations Officer
Al Kamida’s dream was to start and organize a convention. He is a veteran of the convention scene both as an attendee and press. As the organization’s operations officer, he has the responsibility to insure that all convention departments are taken care of- attendees, vendors, guests, and sponsors.
Head of Operation Security
Zach is an administrator for multiple groups under the JCEG banner, and is a honorably discharged member of the U.S. Armed forces. As a guard holder, he is licensed to provide security services for events he is in charge of, and commands a professional group of operations staff.
Patrick is a convention veteran with over a decade of experience as an attendee and industry member. His insights directs AniFest to have a fan-run environment but to also have a professional system for industry and guest members. Patrick is a moderator to ACF, and the operator for the group’s discord channel.
Head of Sponsorships & Guests
Lindsey Taylor is an active cosplayer, content creator, and an administrator for Anime Convention Fans. She is a board member of AniFest and directs the logistical needs of the event from registration, volunteers, and guests.
Head of Programming | Maid Cafe
Beari is no stranger to conventions- since 2004 she has attended numerous events throughout the United States. She has extensive experience as an exhibitor manager, and event coordinator as the head of Arcane Maid Cafe. She is also a content creator for Doki Press and is also the brand ambassador for Japan Lover Me. For AniFest, she is tasked with ensuring the smooth flow of stage performances and the maid cafe.
Head of Electronic Entertainment
Anson is a seasoned veteran running LAN and console events, and is highly knowledgeable in managing and arranging audio visual, networking, and power needs for an event. He has extensive experience in providing video game entertainment to conventions, and has found a place at AniFest.
Jimmy “Swoletaku” Pham is the associate producer of Doki Press, content producer on YouTube, and enjoys competitive weightlifting and promoting Japanese Idols as the Administrator of the largest J-idol group in California. He has been tasked with on-site media creation both photos and videos for AniFest.
Megan Yee is a fashion designer and creator, who has hosted fashion shows for multiple conventions both as a model and designer. She has extensive experience in the intricate works of tailoring, and is also second-in-command at Arcane Maid Cafe. Her roles in AniFest include guest relations and programming.
Media & Photography
Dennis is a seasoned veteran of photography and conventions- as the principal photographer of the world’s largest conventions, his enthusiasm, technical skills, and talents are matched only by few. You will find him at ACF photography gatherings and teaching the art of photography at his workshop panels.
Programming & Show Moderator
David Hernandez is the founder, chairman, and current CEO of TitanCon, social media marketing manager of Akibento, and is an honored fellow of Arcane Maid Cafe. He has signed up to lead the visionary direction, and advise on important decision making for AniFest.