About Us

Buffkin / Baker is a partner-led team of executive search professionals recruiting leaders who impact and transform organizations. We provide a high-touch, tailored search process based on deep sector expertise. Our team delivers outstanding outcomes for clients through professional candidate interactions and exceptional search execution. We focus on healthcare, higher education, private equity, entertainment/media, digital, and non-profit. As leaders in their respective fields, each partner has over 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. Office locations include Nashville, New York, Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC, 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 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 Taps Chief Information and Technology Officer for CarePayment

Buffkin / Baker has placed Satish Kumar as the new chief information and technology officer for healthcare finance company CarePayment. The search was led by partner Jen Bradley and principal Ryan Baggett. Mr. Kumar joins CarePayment from Medalogix, a predictive analytics company in the home health space, where he served as senior vice president and chief technology

Buffkin / Baker Recruits Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of San Diego

Martin M. Baker, managing partner of Buffkin / Baker, assisted the University of San Diego (USD) in the recruitment of Regina Dixon-Reeves as its vice provost for diversity, equity and inclusion. “I am delighted to announce that Regina Dixon-Reeves, PhD, has been appointed as vice provost for diversity, equity and inclusion,” said USD VP and

Buffkin / Baker Assists Oklahoma State University in President Search  

Martin M. Baker of  Buffkin / Baker has assisted Oklahoma State University (OSU) in the recruitment of Kayse Shrum as the university’s 19th president. With her hiring Dr. Shrum will become the first woman to lead a public research institution in the state of Oklahoma. Dr. Shrum, currently president of the OSU Center for Health Sciences (OSU-CHS)

Buffkin / Baker Retained by Lees-McRae College to Find New Provost

Executive recruitment firm Buffkin / Baker has been selected to assist in the search for a new provost for Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, NC. Managing partner Martin M. Baker is leading the assignment. Lees-McRae College is seeking a creative and dynamic provost who will provide active and engaged leadership across campus, serve as an advocate for the faculty,

Press Releases

Buffkin / Baker Places VP, Quality and Compliance at Alive Hospice

(Sept. 2021) Congratulations to Stacey Cloninger for being named the Vice President, Quality and Compliance at Alive Hospice. This announcement follows an extensive search involving a comprehensive process led by Mark Farrington, operating partner, Britt Adams, senior associate, and Stephanie Conger, junior associate. In her new role, Stacey will provide direction and oversight of performance improvement for Alive Hospice. Additionally, she

Buffkin / Baker Aides Oklahoma State System of Higher Education in Chancellor Search

(Sept. 24, 2021) Congratulations to Allison D. Garrett for being named as the next Chancellor of the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education. She will be the first woman to hold the position of Chancellor. Buffkin/Baker was chosen after a competitive bid process led by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, and conducted by Martin Baker, Chelsie Whitelock,

Buffkin / Baker Names Jackson Ross Principal

(Sept. 20, 2021) Buffkin / Baker, a partner-led executive search firm, is pleased to announce the addition of Jackson Ross as principal, where he will be responsible for creating value for clients in the firm’s health care, private equity, and digital transformation practices. Ross brings more than 20 years of experience exceeding client expectations and

Buffkin / Baker Principal Becomes AIRS Certified Diversity & Inclusion Recruiter

(June 2021) Chelsie Whitelock, principal at Buffkin / Baker, recently became an AIRS powered by ADP Certified Diversity and Inclusion Recruiter (CDR). Utilizing the AIRS search techniques enables Buffkin / Baker’s recruiters to locate diverse candidate pools using a variety of resources, including #internet search techniques, and employ effective keywords that can be added to

Dr. Kayse Shrum Named Next President of Oklahoma State University

(April 2021) The Oklahoma State University A&M Board of Regents has selected Dr. Kayse Shrum as the 19th president of Oklahoma State University. The announcement follows an extensive national search involving an inclusive process composed of representatives from across the OSU system, including faculty, students, staff and alumni. The announcement follows an extensive national search



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