NEXT/NOW™ Loads up on Creative and Technical Talent with the Addition of Several Key Team Members

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NEXT/NOW adds five new employees to the creative and technical team including Ben Perez, Paul Chamnankit and Antonio Sanders.

Our footprint in the experiential space is beginning to establish us as a destination for top talent in the industry.

Chicago based interactive experiential agency NEXT/NOW recently expanded and added five new employees in the creative and technical departments. This follows a pattern of growth that recently moved them into an expanded, new showroom and office in the West Loop of Chicago. The addition of Ben Perez, Lead Developer; Paul Chamnankit, Art Director; and Antonio Sanders as Lead 3-D Artist brings superior talent to the A-list team.

Founder Alan Hughes states, “Our team is growing - not just in numbers but in talent and experience as we push our thinking and creativity every day.”

Each new team member brings a unique skill set to the table. Ben Perez comes to NEXT/NOW with 4 years experience as an engineer in game development and has major titles under his belt such as Avengers Initiative and Guilty Party. He is also Co-Founder of Trinket Studios, an independent game development company.

Paul Chamnankit brings 11 years of digital lighting artistry experience in cinematic video game development. Coming from Disney and WB game studios, Paul brings an expert eye to in-game lighting and art direction and has released upwards of 18 game titles.

Antonio Sanders has been in the interactive industry since 2000 working on over 15 game titles and teaching 3-D game development at the college level. Antonio has been a part of titles including NBA Street and Fight Night Round 3. Antonio also brings a superior level of leadership to the team.

Hughes continues, “Our footprint in the experiential space is beginning to establish us as a destination for top talent in the industry. We are creating an environment that lets top industry players jump right in to our culture of innovation and be a part of the next-generation of interactivity.”

Find out more about the growth of NEXT/NOW and some of their current projects by visiting them at or

NEXT/NOW is an award-winning interactive experiential agency, focused on creating next-generation digital/physical activated spaces and experiences for leading brands, retailers, and exhibits. NEXT/NOW clients include Audi, Mazda, Accenture, Farmers Insurance, John Deere, The Dubai Mall, American Eagle Outfitters, Big Ten Network, Steelcase, Atlas Copco, NEC, Brunswick, and LG Electronics.

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