Create inspiring experiences and human connections, have a great time doing it, and cultivate a love of people, life, creativity, reflection, serendipity, dreams, health, experiences, simplicity, kindness, hope, responsibility, and exploring the world around you.
Gregg Bleakney – Founder & Director
Despite being a National Geographic Scholarship recipient, writer, photographer, and, of course, filmmaker, Gregg was headed down a very different path before founding the agency. In the years before, he was a two-time All-American triple jumper and PAC 12 scholar athlete for the University of Oregon. After college, he moved to São Paulo, Brazil, to train for the Olympic Games with the Brazilian Olympic team, but a knee injury sustained at the 1998 USA Track and Field Championships ended his Olympic dreams. While recovering, he was named the valedictorian employee of Oracle Software’s class of 2001, after which he moved to Seattle to hone his chops at Access Software, where he sold the first cloud-based software program to the retail industry. But in 2005, he set out to find something that made him, well, happier. In search of a more creative journey, Gregg sold his car, house, and almost everything else and embarked on an epic bicycle trip down the length of the Americas. During this time, he raised $50,000 for the American Diabetes Association’s Napa Valley Tour de Cure cycling event, which became the first single-day cycling charity event to raise over $1 million. After two years on the bike, Gregg founded WhereNext. He now travels the world in service of a growing roster of globally minded clients while noodling on new and better ways of telling stories.
Sandra Eichmann Perret – Executive Producer & General Manager, Colombia
Sandra is an audiovisual producer and cultural manager with more than a decade of experience in film, television, advertising, and scenic arts. She holds postgraduate degrees in film production from the Cinema and Audiovisual School of Catalonia and international cultural management at the University of Barcelona. Among her many credits are production of the Colombian government’s most important annual cultural event, the 2017 Bogotá International Book Fair, with more than half a million attendees; Rendez-vous en Terre Inconnue, a documentary filmed in Colombia’s remote Sierra Santa Marta wilderness, for France 2, France’s biggest TV station; and Los Caballeros las Prefieren Brutas, a TV series for Sony Entertainment. She also produced The Birders, a series of documentary films, events, and inbound digital campaigns that positioned Colombia as the world’s top birding destination. Sandra speaks fluent English, Spanish, and French.
Julián Manrique – Head of Video
In 2011, Julián juggled his way to victory on Colombian reality TV show A Minute to Win It and used the prize money to buy his first camera. And he’s never looked back. Fluent in English, Spanish, and French, Julián has worked across 32 countries while filming over 150 videos for WhereNext, creating everything from feature-length documentaries to marketing videos for some of the world’s most iconic brands (and proving himself to be a world-class talent along the way). His work has been featured in various print and online media outlets in the United States and other countries. He also has possibly the best head of hair in Colombia.
Gabriel Rubiano Groot – Director of Operations, Colombia
In 2016, after a 16-year career in the medical device industry, Gabo traded in his old life to embrace his passion for adventure and travel at WhereNext, where he supervises financial operations in Colombia. When not crunching numbers in the WhereNext office in Bogotá, you will find him hosting outdoor enthusiasts at his glamping hostel or overseeing operations at one of the two restaurants he owns in Bogotá's city center (a pizza joint and tapas bar). Gabo has an Executive MBA from Saïd Business School and is an avid rock climber — something showcased in this WhereNext-produced video about Gabo.
Daniel Murcia – Audio Design
Daniel is a sound engineer who specializes in the design, development, and creation of audio for storytelling. With more than a half-decade of experience in sound production, he has worked on six feature films, three documentaries, and more than 100 advertising projects. He has also produced 3D sound experiences for Motorola and 3D audio books for children. Dani is an Avid Certified User for Pro Tools. When he's not lifting a speaker over his head, you can find him on a bicycle, playing guitar, or tipping back a cold brew at The Monkey House, our local watering hole.