About Us

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. Their job as search professionals is to recruit leaders in Digital Marketing/Advertising, Technology, Healthcare, Media/Entertainment, Finance, Higher Education, and Non Profit. The firm serves public, private, venture, and private equity backed companies. Their office locations include Nashville, New York, 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 18 firms and over 30 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.

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

News Briefings

6 Proven Ways to Select the Right Search Firm to Win Top Talent

 The right candidate can have a measurable impact on your bottom line. So how can you ensure that you are identifying, interviewing and selecting the absolute best candidates? The goal is to identify a search firm that focuses on being your recruiting partner rather than just fitting you into their process, according to a new

Buffkin / Baker Recruits President for the Music Business Association

Executive recruitment firm Buffkin / Baker has recruited respected industry veteran Portia Sabin as the new president of the Music Business Association (Music Biz). The organization’s current longtime president James Donio will be stepping down from the post, but will continue in an advisory role. Tom Truitt, a partner and head of the entertainment practice, led the assignment. “We

Achieving Work/Life Balance Sometimes Means Working Weekends

Even as some organizations ponder shorter official work weeks, more and more jobs are coming with the expectation, sometimes unspoken, that employees should be available at any time. Bosses may think they’re squeezing extra productivity out of their direct reports, but it’s that type of pressure that can depress employee engagement. In one recent survey

Buffkin / Baker Seeks Chancellor for University of Mississippi

Executive recruitment firm Buffkin / Baker has been enlisted to find the next chancellor for the University of Mississippi. Managing partner Martin Baker is leading the assignment. The chancellor, who serves at the university’s chief executive officer, reports through the commissioner of higher education to the Mississippi board of trustees of state institutions of higher learning, the

Press Releases

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.

Buffkin / Baker Names Ted Jadick Partner & Head of Global Governance

NASHVILLE, TN, February 20, 2018 – Buffkin / Baker, a leading national retained search firm, is pleased to announce that Ted Jadick – a veteran of 40 years of building strong corporate boards of directors – has joined Buffkin/Baker as a partner and head of the firm’s global governance practice. Before joining Buffkin/Baker in January, Jadick

Buffkin / baker Places Daniel Sabreen as Vice President of Public Relations for The New York Knicks

NEW YORK, NY, December 13, 2017 – Buffkin / Baker is pleased to announce their placement of Daniel Sabreen as the new Vice President of Public Relations for the New York Knicks. Warren Wasp, Partner with Buffkin / Baker led the search. Mr. Sabreen will be joining the Knicks from CBS Sports, where he served as their Vice