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 Recruits President and COO for aptihealth

Executive search firm Buffkin / Baker has recruited Tim Koehler as president and chief operating officer of aptihealth, a Saratoga Springs, NY-based tech-driven behavioral healthcare provider. Partner Jackson Ross led the assignment. “I am grateful to our entire aptihealth team for their dedication and hard work in helping us build a powerful, high-impact behavioral healthcare company,”

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

Press Releases

Johnson & Wales University (JWU) – Charlotte Appoints Richard G. Mathieu, Ph.D. As President

Buffkin / Baker recently placed Richard G. Mathieu, Ph.D., as President of the Charlotte Campus of Johnson & Wales University (JWU) – Charlotte. Dr. Mathieu recently served as Dean of the McColl College of Business and the Interim Dean of the Blair College of Health. Prior to moving to Charlotte in 2015, Dr. Mathieu spent 10

Aptihealth Appoints Tim Koehler As President & Chief Operating Officer

Tim Koehler has been been appointed as the new President and Chief Operating Officer at aptihealth, the leading tech-driven behavioral healthcare provider built for higher acuity care. Jackson Ross, Partner in the Healthcare Practice led this comprehensive search. “Tim’s background, skill set, and passion are uniquely aligned with the current and future needs at aptihealth. The

Nashville Entrepreneur Center appoints Rebekah Carroll as SVP of Strategy & Operations

Rebekah Carroll has been named Senior Vice President of Strategy & Operations at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center (EC), a non-profit organization with a vision to be the best place in America to start and grow a business. This announcement comes after Buffkin/Baker and the EC partnered in a comprehensive search led by Mark Farrington, Partner and Ben Williams, Associate. In

Buffkin / Baker Names Megan Berlinger Associate Partner

BRENTWOOD, Tenn., Sept. 1, 2022– Buffkin / Baker, a partner-led executive search firm, is pleased to announce the addition of Megan Shepherd Berlinger as associate partner in its health care practice. Berlinger will join the health care delivery vertical, leading our academic medicine searches with a focus on serving AAMC institutions and health systems.  With

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



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