Buffkin Group Opens In Chicago; Expands Digital Practice

October 31, 2016 – Executive search firm The Buffkin Group has opened a new office in Chicago and tapped Kristin Luu to lead the new location. She will also serve as partner in the firm’s digital recruitment practice.

Previously, Ms. Luu served as the founding partner at Red Wagon Search, where she performed executive search and consulting for client brands, including Razorfish, Interbrand, BBDO, Periscope, Northwestern University and Mike’s Hard Lemonade. Prior to that, she served as chief talent officer for Manifest, a national digital marketing agency, reporting directly to the chief executive officer. Her responsibilities at Manifest included executive search, executive coaching, succession planning, talent inventory, talent mapping and personality assessments.

Chicago: Rich In Digital Opportunities

“Kristin is a seasoned executive search professional and has a depth of recruiting experience in both the digital and agency space,” said managing partner Craig Buffkin. “We are excited to welcome her to The Buffkin Group team as she will add depth and strength in our digital practice, one of the highest growth practices in the firm. She will also open and lead our Chicago office, a city rich in digital and agency opportunities.”

Chicago is a major world financial center, with the second largest central business district in the U.S. The city is the headquarters of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (the Seventh District of the Federal Reserve). The city also has major trading and futures exchanges, including the Chicago Stock Exchange. In addition, the state of Illinois is home to 66 Fortune 1000 companies.

“The Buffkin Group is such a thriving executive search platform, with years of experience and talented executive thought leadership,” said Ms. Luu. “I look forward to joining this team in continuing their work of partnering with clients as talent consultants. As the digital landscape grows, the opportunities to work with global clients to develop and build their digital effectiveness will grow exponentially.”

The Buffkin Group offers executive search, executive coaching, management assessment and executive outplacement services, but its primary focus is on recruiting executives in the healthcare, technology, marketing, media, financial services and non-profit sectors. The firm serves public, private, venture and private equity backed companies from offices in Brentwood, TN, New York, and Alexandria, VA, with affiliate offices in San Francisco and London. The firm’s search specialists have placed senior leaders for a host of organizations, including United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), MEDHOST, Meritus Health, RestorixHealth, and Urgent Care of Connecticut. 

Buffkin Group’s digital / direct  marketing practice is the cornerstone of the firm’s offerings, which have been ongoing since 1999. Clients include digital and integrated marketing agencies/service providers, Fortune 500 companies, smaller web-centric and web-enhanced entities, and private equity firms.

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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