History and Staff

The Castle Point Anime Convention is organized and operated by the Anime Critics United, Inc. which is managed by the Stevens Anime Club, a student organization under the Student Government Association at the Stevens Institute of Technology. The name “Castle Point” is derived from the fact that the Stevens Institute of Technology is where the Stevens Castle once stood, in addition to the campus being located on the highest point in Hoboken. Paying homage to the headquarters of the Stevens Anime Club, the convention was named “Castle Point Anime Convention” and later nicknamed “CPAC”. The first convention occurred on April 13th, 2008 and was a one-day convention.

All of the CPAC staff are students of Stevens Institute of Technology, from the Convention Chair all the way down to the volunteers (with the exception of some alumni volunteers). CPAC is not only an event for attendees to have fun at, but is also a learning and service opportunity for all staff involved. The Stevens Anime Club tries to make the convention as official and complete as possible with the intention of giving attendees the best experience possible and our staff real-world experience in event planning and management.

Prior to 2018, the Castle Point Anime Convention was located on the campus of Stevens Institute of Technology. However, in 2018, it was announced that the convention will move to the Meadowlands Exposition Center and Holiday Inn Meadowlands due to construction happening around Hoboken, in addition to the convention’s growing size.

Staff - CPAC 2018

Ben Knutson

Ben Knutson

Convention Chair
Kah Yap

Kah Yap

Vice-Chair of Guests & Industry Relations
Audrey Dsouza

Audrey Dsouza

Vice-Chair of Operations
Ivan Ching

Ivan Ching

Vice-Chair of Programming
Rachel Yao

Rachel Yao

Vice-Chair of Publicity
Jeff Meli

Jeff Meli

Secretary
Evan Van Tine

Evan Van Tine

Treasurer
Jake Slavens

Jake Slavens

Advertising
Alexander Vergara

Alexander Vergara

Artists' Alley
Tracy Wong

Tracy Wong

Cafés
Wen Wei Zheng

Wen Wei Zheng

Chief of Staff
Aki Maher

Aki Maher

Convention Artist
Rachel Yao

Rachel Yao

Convention Artist
Hannah Radom

Hannah Radom

Convention Artist
Hannah Radom

Hannah Radom

Cosplay Events
Divya Unnam

Divya Unnam

Dealers' Room
Nina Ioanis

Nina Ioanis

Featured Panelists
Amanda Gomes

Amanda Gomes

Information Desk
Yanqing Liang

Yanqing Liang

Information Desk
Kah Yap

Kah Yap

Musical Guest Coordinator
Jon Yao

Jon Yao

Photography
Will Grzybowski

Will Grzybowski

Pokémon League
James Dimmick

James Dimmick

Press Relations
Rachel Yao

Rachel Yao

Program Guide
Audrey Dsouza

Audrey Dsouza

Program Guide
Giovanni Duran

Giovanni Duran

Registration
Andres Diaz-Borda

Andres Diaz-Borda

Safety Director
Caitlin Uang

Caitlin Uang

Social Media
Frank Ali

Frank Ali

Staff Den
Abigail Arrunategui

Abigail Arrunategui

Tabletop Gaming
Steve Harrigan

Steve Harrigan

Video Gaming
Christopher Kuras

Christopher Kuras

Video Programming
Eric Lai

Eric Lai

Webmaster