About Us

Buffkin / Baker is a partner-led, global firm recruiting outstanding leaders who impact and transform organizations.  We pride ourselves on our commitment to exceptional execution through our agility, creativity, responsiveness, integrity, experience, and marketplace knowledge. Each partner in the firm has been a leader in their respective fields and each has over a decade of retained search experience. We recruit leaders in Digital Marketing/Technology, Healthcare, Media/Entertainment, Higher Education, and Non-Profit. The firm serves public, private, venture, and private equity backed companies. Our office locations include Nashville, New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Winston Salem, with affiliate offices in London. The company is a member of Panorama Search, an international federation of retained firms with 22 firms and over 50 offices globally.


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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 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

Recruitment Firms Land Big West Conference Commissioner Using Virtual Technology

As the coronavirus pandemic alters the way executive recruiters conduct business, collegiate athletics consultants College Sports Solutions (CSS) and Buffkin / Baker have teamed up to place Dan Butterly as commissioner of the Big West Conference. He will start on June 1 to transition alongside Dennis Farrell, who will officially step down one month later. Mr. Farrell is retiring after

College Sports Solutions and Buffkin / Baker Recruit Head Football Coach for Howard University

College Sports Solutions (CSS) and Buffkin / Baker have teamed up once again, this time to recruit Larry Scott as the new head football coach for Howard University, a chartered historically black university in Washington, D.C. Jeff Schemmel, president of CSS, led the search along with Dan Walters of Buffkin / Baker. “We are proud to welcome coach

College Sports Solutions and Buffkin / Baker Tapped to Find Commissioner for Big West Conference

The Big West Conference has begun its search for a new commissioner to replace Dennis Farrell, who recently announced his retirement after leading the conference for 27 years. Collegiate athletics consultants College Sports Solutions (CSS) and Buffkin / Baker are managing the search process, with Jeff Schemmel, president of CSS, acting as lead consultant, with assistance from Dan

Press Releases

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

Buffkin Baker/College Sports Solutions Place New Women’s Head Coach at Georgia Tech

ATLANTA, GA, April 10, 2019 – The partnership of Buffkin Baker/College Sports Solutions placed the new women’s basketball coach at Georgia Tech. Nell Fortner has been named the sixth head coach in Georgia Tech women’s basketball history, director of athletics Todd Stansbury announced on Tuesday. One of the most successful coaches in women’s basketball history, Fortner has compiled

Buffkin Baker/College Sports Solutions Chosen to Conduct Southern Conference Commissioner Search

SPARTANBURG, SC, April 4, 2019 –  The Southern Conference announces that the partnership of College Sport Solutions (CSS) and Buffkin/Baker has been selected to manage the search process to replace retiring Southern Conference Commissioner, John Iamarino. CSS successfully completed the recent search for Commissioner of the Big Sky Conference along with numerous head coaching positions.