Private Equity - Buffkin Baker Website (2022)

Despite an unprecedented health crisis, ever-changing economic conditions, and social upheaval, private equity firms have remained resilient and adaptable. Now more than ever, qualified leaders are needed to confront challenges, design actionable strategies, and capitalize on emerging trends and opportunities.

At Buffkin / Baker, we understand the nuances of institutionally backed companies and the demands on their executive leadership. Our clients are an investment, and we take an active approach to customize a plan needed to fit the unique circumstances of private equity firms. Our process consistently identifies the right talent and is optimized to eliminate the human capital concerns of private equity firms.

Our primary emphasis is portfolio companies with a focus on healthcare, SaaS, tech-enabled services, marketing/media platforms, and business services. Although we work with all roles within the C-suite, we have expertise in the Chief Financial Officer function across a variety of industries.

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Our Team in Private Equity

Craig Buffkin

Managing Partner

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Craig Buffkin

Managing Partner


Craig Buffkin, the firm’s founder, serves as the Managing Partner, and as Head of the Healthcare and Private Equity Practices, where he is actively involved with client engagements and business development. He has completed search work at the board, executive and senior level both nationally and internationally for a wide range of private, public, venture-backed, and private equity-back companies.

Before founding The Buffkin Group, which would later become Buffkin/Baker, Craig was a director in a national technology search firm with five offices and over 75 consultants. Before entering the search profession, he spent over 5 years as a turnaround specialist and over 10 years in marketing services. His last turnaround became a roll-up of seven healthcare companies with an eventual sale to a large public healthcare entity.

Craig holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He and his wife Heather reside in Nashville, TN with their three children, Caroline, Charlie, and Francie. He is an avid golfer and fisherman.

  • Email:craig@buffkinbaker.com

Craig Buffkin

Managing Partner

Jen Bradley

Partner

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Jen Bradley

Partner


Jen Bradley serves as a Partner of the firm and is actively engaged in executive and senior-level assignments. She is actively involved in the firm’s Healthcare, Digital and Private Equity Practices.

Prior to her career in executive search, Jen was employed in Treasury Management with Fifth Third Bank where she was responsible for client presentations, analysis, and training of treasury products. Before moving into Treasury Management, Jen spent three years in Institutional Sales for Fifth Third Securities and also managed corporate seminars and customer relations, organized trade shows, and developed new marketing materials for the subsidiary.

Jen graduated with honors from Wittenberg University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. She also holds an Advanced Certificate in Executive Search and Leadership Consulting from Cornell University, School of ILR. Originally from Ohio, Jen moved to Nashville in April of 2006. She is a 7-time marathoner and member of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. She played collegiate volleyball and has continued her passion for the sport as a club volleyball coach. Jen resides in Nashville with her daughters, Kinsey and Libby.

  • Email:jen@buffkinbaker.com

Jen Bradley

Partner

Raj Das

Partner

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Raj Das

Partner


Raj Das serves as Partner and Global Transformation Practice Leader at Buffkin/Baker, and runs the firm’s New York City office. He focuses on senior level executive and board talent placements in digital, marketing, and technology roles. In his role, Raj brings over 25 years of experience and relationships, advising organizations at corporate, investment banking, and entrepreneurial levels. Previously Raj was the Founder and CEO at POM Partners, a global digital media incubation and acceleration firm. Prior to POM Partners, he was CFO and Chief Strategy Officer at a $500 Million revenue publicly traded direct marketing company (5,000 employees) with operations in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. Raj has executed over $20 billion of transactions during his investment banking career at Citigroup, ING Barings, and Bear Stearns.Raj is a graduate of General Management Program (Harvard Business School) andStanford Executive Program (Stanford Graduate School of Business). He graduated summa cum laude from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with an undergraduate degree in Finance and Multinational Management.

  • Email:raj@buffkinbaker.com

Raj Das

Partner

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Jackson Ross

Associate Partner

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Jackson Ross

Associate Partner


Jackson Ross serves as an Associate Partner for the firm where he is actively engaged in searches for our Healthcare, Private Equity, and Digital Transformation Practices. He is a passionate results-driven leader with over 20 years of experience building brand awareness across the healthcare and digital continuum. Innovative strategy and loyal customer servitude have generated a history of exceeding client expectations and market share growth through roles in sales management, business development, corporate accounts, and general management. Jackson’s broad experience in both mature and entrepreneurial environments provides him with a strong foundation to drive enterprise growth, quality, and culture for Buffkin / Baker.

Jackson has extensive expertise in establishing relationships that result in customer-focused outcomes and increasing organizational efficiency. In 2014, he launched and operated the IT business unit for Vaso Healthcare, a Healthcare IT firm focused on the Diagnostic Imaging modalities, cyber security, and Radiology workflow. As General Manager, Jackson was responsible for all aspects of business operation. Prior to his time with Vaso Healthcare, he spent 12 years in corporate accounts and management-related positions with Siemens Healthcare, including the business development of corporate relationships for the GPO and IDN community. Jackson has received multiple awards and industry recognition for his ability to architect client solutions that meet and exceed the business and the financial needs of his customers.

Most recently, Jackson served on the leadership team for United Imaging Healthcare and was responsible for launching the US operations of Shanghai-based United Imaging Healthcare. In his role of Vice President of Strategic and Corporate Accounts, Jackson was instrumental in supporting the staffing, finance, information security, and commercial development for United Imaging’s nationwide business.

Jackson holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and marketing from the University of Mississippi. As a native Nashvillian, Jackson enjoys time at home with his wife and two boys, and most any outdoor-related activity.

  • Email:jackson@buffkinbaker.com

Jackson Ross

Associate Partner

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Ryan Baggett, CDR

Principal


Ryan Baggett has been in engaged in executive search, recruitment, and business development for over 20 years and is based out of our Nashville office. Ryan is a principal within the firm, where he is a key member in Healthcare, Private Equity, Digital Transformation, Academic Medicine, Entertainment, and TMT practices. In addition, he is an AIRS Certified Diversity and Inclusion Recruiter (CDR), utilizing search techniques that enable him to locate diverse candidate pools using a variety of resources, including the internet.

He takes a highly professional and consultative approach with his clients and candidates, relating to clients and candidates as partners and maintaining communication with them long after he’s made a placement. He provides candid advice, market guidance, and consistent feedback throughout the recruiting and hiring process.

Ryan has conducted hundreds of searches in his career for the positions of CEO, COO, CFO, CIO, CTO, CMO, CAO, President, GM, and other senior-level roles nationally and internationally for a wide range of private, public, venture-backed, and private equity-backed companies.

Before joining Buffkin/Baker, Ryan was a national recruitment executive for Maxim Healthcare. Responsible for the full-cycle recruitment efforts, management of 100 healthcare professionals, payroll, compliance, and HR strategy. Before entering the recruitment and search industry, he worked in business development and management roles for Troon Golf. In addition, he planned and facilitated NCAA championships and PGA-sanctioned events.

  • Email:ryan@buffkinbaker.com

Ryan Baggett

Principal

Britt Adams

Senior Associate

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Britt Adams

Senior Associate


Britt Adams serves as a Senior Associate and joined the firm in 2017. She previously worked at Ethicon, a medical device sales company, where she executed clinical education and training regarding Ethicon’s key platforms including wound closure, endo-mechanical, energy, and biosurgery/hemostatic adjunct products. She leads Professional Development Training for new hire sales classes, members of the field sales organization, and divisional managers.

Britt was born in Georgia and raised in Knoxville, TN. She attended Middle Tennessee State University, graduating in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in Marketing and a minor in Business Administration. She now lives in Nashville and in her free time enjoys hiking, yoga, swimming, and spending free time with family and friends.

  • Email:britt@buffkinbaker.com
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Senior Associate

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