Buffkin / Baker, founded in 1999 in Nashville, TN, is a growing, national, retained, executive search firm. The members of the firm have extensive backgrounds in retained executive search, collectively bringing over 175 years of experience. Buffkin / Baker has offices in Cambridge, Charlotte, Dallas, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, and Winston-Salem. The firm has 9 partners nationwide. The professional staff of the firm has conducted over 1,500 searches for a diverse corporate and non-profit clientele.
Buffkin / Baker’s higher education practice is one of the most prominent in the country, having conducted over 700 searches for clients that include leading liberal arts colleges, community colleges, regional private and public colleges and universities, large public and private research universities, HBCUs, AAU institutions, health science centers, and public and private secondary education institutions. While this practice includes a distinct public and private education sector focus, we have also conducted searches for governmental entities and non-education nonprofit organizations. All these searches allow us to serve, and partner closely with elected or appointed boards and/or committees and have included positions such as: President, CEO, Executive Director, Superintendent, Head of School, and other senior level administrators. A brief overview of our higher education practice is included as a separate document.
Buffkin / Baker also has significant experience conducting CEO and other executive level searches outside of higher education. In addition to education, our practice areas include healthcare; digital transformation; private equity; entertainment; technology, media, and telecom; and non-profit organizations. Our clients include respected Fortune 500 companies, private equity firms, non-profit organizations, public sector entities, and start-ups.
In addition to our US practice, through our global partnership, Panorama, we can respond effectively to the increasingly international demands of senior-level executive search in the higher education and non-profit sectors, as well as our corporate searches. With 42 offices, and multi-sector expertise across the globe, through Panorama we are able to offer our clients the advantage of a global team of colleagues with a commitment to excellence and service. Our global presence and reach provide coverage across key higher education markets, including Australia, Europe, and the Far East.
Buffkin / Baker is also a member of the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC), a select group of approximately 250 national/international search firms. We adhere to the ethical principles set forth in its “Code of Professional Practice.” For additional information, please refer to our website: www.buffkinbaker.com or the AESC website: www.aesc.org .