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 Names Chief Clinical Officer

Executive search firm Buffkin / Baker has added David Ballard as chief clinical officer in its healthcare practice. “David is a welcome addition to the Buffkin / Baker team,” said Craig Buffkin, managing partner. “His extensive healthcare experience provides us with a strong foundation to provide quality service for our clients seeking today’s leading physician, nursing, and

Buffkin / Baker Retained by Oklahoma State University to Lead Provost Search

Executive search firm Buffkin / Baker has been called in by Oklahoma State University to lead its search for a new senior vice president and provost. Leading the assignment is Martin M. Baker, managing partner and Chelsie Whitelock, principal. The provost serves as the chief academic officer of the university and reports directly to the president of the

Buffkin / Baker Recruits General Counsel for the University of Missouri 

Executive search firm Buffkin / Baker has placed Mark Menghini as the next general counsel at the University of Missouri (MU) in Columbia. He is replacing Steve Owens, who stepped down from his position earlier this year. Leading the assignment was Martin M. Baker, managing partner. “Mark comes to us with impeccable credentials and a broad spectrum of experience,” said Darryl

Unemployment Rate Falls to 3.8 Percent 

Employment rose by 678,000 in February as the U.S. unemployment rate edged up to 3.8 percent, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report. Job growth was widespread, led by gains in leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, healthcare, and construction. The number of unemployed persons edged down to 6.3 million. In February

Press Releases

Buffkin / Baker Names Steve Marsh Partner

BRENTWOOD, Tenn., July 26, 2022 – Buffkin / Baker, a partner-led executive search firm, is pleased to announce the addition of Steve Marsh as a partner in its health care practice. Marsh will be responsible for leading the health care delivery vertical of the firm’s health care practice, serving health systems, AAMC institutions, not-for-profit and

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



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