We are a collective of creatives, travelers, dreamers, and serendipiters looking for new and better ways of getting lost.
Gregg Robert Bleakney – Founder / Creative Director
The idea to create WhereNext accidentally hit Gregg in 2005 after he left a career in information technology, sold everything he owned, and rode his bicycle 18,500 miles from northern Alaska to the southern tip of South America. The trip took two years. Twenty months into the journey, he scribbled a business plan for the video production agency on a napkin while sheltering in an abandoned barn during a lightning storm in Tierra del Fuego.
In his former life, Gregg was a sales executive for Oracle Corporation in Silicon Valley and AccessVia in Seattle. He was also an All-American track-and-field athlete at the University of Oregon.
When he's not working on WhereNext projects, it's a good bet that you'll find him harvesting coffee at his farm El Palacio del Zancudo outside of Bogotá.
You can learn more about Gregg and his journey here.
Gabriel Rubiano Groot – Financial Operations
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.
Lies Wijnterp – Executive Producer
Lies Wijnterp has a Ph.D. in Latin American literature and taught Latin American culture and history at Nijmegen University in the Netherlands. Born to a Swiss mother and Dutch father, Lies discovered that she's a natural-born film and event producer, and pursued her passion by earning a degree for Executive Film Production from the National Film School after moving to Bogotá in 2013. Lies produced the Dutch exhibition at the Bogotá International Book Fair (FILBo) in 2016. At WhereNext, she has led the production of more than 50 short and long documentaries. Lies speaks fluent English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, and Dutch.
Julián Manrique – Senior Videographer / Editor
In 2011, Julián juggled his way to victory on Colombian reality TV show A Minute to Win It and used the winnings to buy his first camera. He hasn't looked back since. As senior videographer of WhereNext, he has traveled to more than 30 countries in the last three years. His work has been featured in various print and online media outlets in the United States and other countries. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and French and has, perhaps, the best head of hair in Colombia.
Sandra Eichmann Perret – Producer
Sandra Eichmann is an audiovisual producer and cultural manager with experience in film, television, advertising, plastic, and scenic arts as well as postgraduate degrees in film production from ESCAC in Spain and international cultural management at the University of Barcelona (UB). She has also produced cultural events for the the Colombian Ministry of Culture and was the financial and production manager of the flagship exhibition highlighting France as the guest of honor at the 2017 Bogotá International Book Fair (FILBo). Sandra speaks fluent English, Spanish, and French.