Buffkin / Baker


Buffkin / Baker is a retained, specialty boutique search firm comprised of industry leaders passionate about impacting companies and organizations in transformation and growth. Each partner in the firm has been a leader in their respective fields and has more than a decade of retained search experience. Combined, the firm’s partners have more than 140 years of search experience. Buffkin / Baker has offices in Nashville,  Winston-Salem, N.C., Charleston, S.C, Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C., with an affiliate office in London. The firm has 12 partners nationwide. Buffkin / Baker specializes in health care, higher education, technology, entertainment/media, digital marketing, financial services, nonprofit and private clubs.

The firm is a member of Panorama Search, a global federation of 16 executive search firms with 42 offices globally. Buffkin / Baker’s health care practice has been named the 20th largest health care search practice by Modern Healthcare – and is the largest Nashville health care search firm.

Completed Searches


Buffkin / Baker Strengthens Healthcare Technology Practice

Executive search firm Buffkin / Baker has expanded with the addition of Mark Farrington, a well-known health information technology industry executive and entrepreneur, as partner in its healthcare technology practice. “Mark has more than 35 years of experience in successful high growth private equity backed companies in healthcare, technology and e-commerce, and he will be a great asset

12 Reasons Why Companies Hire Executive Search Firms

Employers typically use an executive search firm when a top job opening is important enough, senior enough and when discretion is at a premium. These three factors warrant the investment of bringing in a search firm. And an investment it is. Retaining a recruiting firm will likely cost a minimum of $75,000, but that figure

Prosperity Found Among Recruiting Boutiques That Merge

One look at this year’s recruiting industry statistics reveals one clear trend line: double digit growth and expansion is taking place among the sector’s boutique specialists. As a group, they are far outpacing their Big Five rivals. Many have accomplished this by taking a page out of the big firms’ playbook, extending their brands into

Buffkin / Baker Acquires MusicRowSearch

Executive search firm Buffkin / Baker has acquired Nashville, TN-based MusicRowSearch, an executive recruiting operation specializing in the entertainment industry, to expand its service lines and leverage future growth. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. MusicRowSearch will retain its name under the Buffkin / Baker brand. As part of the agreement, WHO KNEW —

Buffkin Group Merges With Baker and Associates

Executive search firms The Buffkin Group and Baker and Associates, LLC have merged to form Buffkin / Baker in an effort to further position both firms for future growth and expansion. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The newly combined entity will be headquartered in Nashville. The Buffkin Group concentrates on finding leaders for organizations in the healthcare, technology,


The Buffkin Group Adds Kristin Luu as Partner

BRENTWOOD, TN, October 27, 2016 — The Buffkin Group — a leading national retained search firm — has named Kristin Luu partner in the firm’s digital practice division. Luu will head the firm’s new Chicago office. “Kristin is a seasoned executive search professional and has a depth of recruiting experience in both the digital and agency space,” said

Greg Nainani Appointed Chief Financial Officer at Desert Radiology

BRENTWOOD, TN, August 1, 2016 — The Buffkin Group has placed Greg Nainani as the new CFO of Desert Radiology. The search was led by Nathan Brandon, Partner with the Buffkin Group, as part of the firm’s Financial Services vertical. Mr. Nainani joined Desert Radiology from New Mexico Heart Institute, where he served for two years as

Christopher Hamamck Appointed SVP of Sales and Business Development at Aegis Health Group

BRENTWOOD, TN, June 28, 2016 — The Buffkin Group is pleased to announce the placement of Christopher Hammack at Aegis Health Group as their new Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Development. Mr. Hammack has more than 20 years of experience in the health care industry. Most recently, he served as National Director of Enterprise Sales for

The Buffkin Group Places New CEO at Tennessee Kidney Foundation

BRENTWOOD, TN, June 11, 2016 — The Buffkin Group has placed Heather Powell as the new CEO of the Tennessee Kidney Foundation. The search was led by Roland Lundy, Partner with the Buffkin Group, as part of the firm’s Non-Profit vertical. Mrs. Powell joined the Tennessee Kidney Foundation team from Ronald McDonald House, where she served