About Us

Buffkin / Baker is a retained search firm focusing in health care, higher education, digital media, digital marketing, technology, nonprofit and governance. Each partner in the firm has been a leader in their respective fields and each has more than a decade of retained search experience. Combined, the firm’s partners have more than 175 years of search experience and more than 220 years of industry/operating experience. Buffkin / Baker serves public, private, venture and private equity backed companies. Office locations include Nashville, New York, Charlotte, NC, Winston-Salem, NC, and Washington, D.C., with an affiliate office in London. Buffkin / Baker is a member of Panorama, a global community of over 400 leadership experts working together to promote a diverse perspective of leadership, embracing creative thinking and sharing our expertise and experience with each other to bring our clients the very best results.



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At Buffkin/Baker, its partners are experts in the verticals in which they specialize. This is one secret to their success in finding the right talent for clients’ organizations. The firm possess firsthand knowledge and understanding of the industries in which they work, and know what it takes to be successful in each of its domains. This understanding, partnered with their extensive network and proven process, allows the firm to effectively help clients with their important hiring decisions.

For them, success means not just finding a leader for our client companies but finding the right leader. The firm carefully evaluates clients’ company culture, specific organizational needs, and leadership talent to ensure they place an individual who is not only capable of excelling at the position, but who also is an ideal fit for that specific company culture and environment. At the end of the day, their 99% completion rate for their searches speaks for itself.

Solutions And Expertise

Buffkin / Baker is a retained, specialty boutique search firm composed of industry leaders. Each partner in the firm has been a leader in their respective fields and each has over a decade of retained search experience.

Combined, its partners have over 175 years of search experience and 210 years of industry experience.

  • Assessment
  • Board Services
  • Executive Search
  • Succession Planning
  • Board/Governance
  • CEO/President
  • Data/Analytics
  • Finance/Accounting
  • GM/Operations
  • Information/Digital
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Medical/Clinical

News Briefings

Buffkin / Baker to Assist Oklahoma State University in Search for Next President

Executive recruitment firm Buffkin / Baker has been selected to assist in the search for the next president of Oklahoma State University (OSU). Burns Hargis announced his plans to retire at the end of this academic year, on July 1, 2021. Managing partner Martin M. Baker is leading the assignment. The search process will include broad outreach to

Buffkin / Baker Assists the Blues Foundation with CEO Search

Executive recruitment firm Buffkin / Baker recently assisted in recruiting Patricia Wilson Aden as the new president and CEO of the Blues Foundation, which is dedicated to honoring, preserving and promoting the musical form known as the blues. She succeeds Barbara Newman who recently retired. Nat Sutton and Tom Truitt, partners from Buffkin / Baker, executed the search. “On

Buffkin / Baker Expands Higher Education Practice

Executive recruitment firm Buffkin / Baker has expanded its higher education practice with the addition of veteran search consultants Ken Carrick and Janny DeLoache. “We are thrilled to have these exceptional leaders join our growing higher education practice,” said Martin Baker, the firm’s managing partner. “I have long admired Ken and the superb search practice he has

Buffkin / Baker Seeking Chief Diversity Officer for University of San Diego

Executive recruitment firm Buffkin / Baker has been called in by the University of San Diego (USD) in California to assist in its search for a chief diversity officer for diversity, equity, inclusion and access. Leading the assignment are managing partner Martin M. Baker and principal Chelsie Whitelock. “The chief diversity officer for diversity, equity, inclusion and

Press Releases

Buffkin/Baker and The Blues Foundation Partner to Place Patricia Aden as New President & CEO

(Sept. 16, 2020) The Blues Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Patricia Wilson Aden as its next President & CEO. Aden brings more than three decades of non-profit management experience to the Foundation, with a specialization in the preservation and celebration of African American cultural resources. Her most recent experience as President &

Buffkin / Baker Taps Ken Carrick, Janny DeLoache to Bolster Higher Education Practice

(Sept. 9, 2020) Buffkin / Baker, a leading national retained search firm, is pleased to announce that Ken Carrick and Janny DeLoache, veteran executive recruiters, have joined the firm to bolster its thriving higher education practice. Carrick will serve as partner and DeLoache will be a principal at Buffkin / Baker. “We are thrilled to

Buffkin/Baker Places Larry Scott as Head Football Coach at Howard University

February 11, 2020 – Howard University Director of Athletics Kery Davis announced the hiring of Larry Scott as the football program’s new head coach. His first game coaching for Howard will be at the second annual Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic vs. Central State at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on Sunday, September

Buffkin Baker Partner Places Chief Medical Officer: Unity Health Care Announces New Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jessica Henderson Boyd

Washington, D.C. – October 24, 2019 – After a lengthy national search, Unity Health Care (Unity) is pleased to announce the hiring of Jessica Henderson Boyd, MD, as its new Chief Medical Officer (CMO) effective November 18th. Dr. Boyd comes to Unity with a wealth of experience in the delivery of health care to medically

Buffkin/Baker completes search for Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Director for Dalton School.

NEW YORK, N.Y., May 22, 2019 – The Dalton school has announced the appointment of Domonic Rollins as their new Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. His appointment is the result of an intensive and thorough search, led by Buffkin/Baker Partners Nat Sutton and Faye Wattleton. After reviewing the credentials of more than 60 extremely