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Executive Search Firm, Buffkin / Baker, Announces Partnership with College Sports Solutions, LLC
BRENTWOOD, Tenn., Jan. 10., 2019 – Buffkin / Baker, a leading national retained search firm, is pleased to announce a new partnership with College Sports Solutions (CSS), a full-service and integrated provider of collegiate athletic consulting and executive search services. Under the agreement, Buffkin / Baker and CSS will combine their executive search proficiencies to better service universities and colleges, intercollegiate conferences and collegiate athletic organizations.
This strategic partnership will provide colleges and universities with unique access to premier collegiate athletic expertise and resources. The two firms will collaborate in all areas of the executive search business at many of the nation’s leading institutions.
“The newly formed partnership with College Sports Solutions will further enhance our higher education practice,” said Martin Baker, managing partner and head of the higher education practice at Buffkin / Baker. “Exemplary search relies on the ability to adapt to the changing collegiate landscape and we are thrilled to be collaborating with CSS to ensure continued success in this area.”
Buffkin / Baker has completed more than 550 searches for universities and colleges across the country. The professionals of the firm have recently conducted searches for a number of institutions in the Power Five conferences, as well as leading liberal arts colleges, AAU institutions, and regional universities.
“Our partnership with Buffkin/ Baker comes at a crucial time as we look to enhance the athletic search portion of our business, especially as it pertains to Division I athletics,” said Jeff Schemmel, CSS Founder and President. “The unique tools, insights and search expertise at Buffkin/Baker is a perfect match for this collaboration with our firm, and we believe that this partnership will better serve our clients and theirs. This will strengthen the already comprehensive array of services we provided to our clients.”
The CSS consulting team consists of an outstanding and diverse group of industry-leading consultants. Schemmel directs all business development and intercollegiate industry relations offered by CSS. A former athletic director with more than 30 years of intercollegiate athletics management experience, he has served in key leadership positions within the NCAA and Conference USA, and at schools in the Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and Mountain West conferences. Collectively, the team at CSS brings more than 100 years of intercollegiate athletics management experience.
About Buffkin / Baker
Buffkin / Baker is a retained search firm focusing in health care, higher education, digital marketing/data/analytics, entertainment/media, technology, nonprofit and governance. Each partner in the firm has been a leader in their respective fields and each has more than 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. Buffkin / Baker serves public, private, venture and private equity backed companies and organizations. Office locations include Nashville, New York, Winston-Salem, N.C., and Washington, D.C., with affiliate offices in London, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The company is a member of Panorama Search, a global federation of 22 executive search firms with over 50 offices globally.
About College Sports Solutions
College Sports Solutions (CSS) is a leading full-service and integrated provider of collegiate athletic consulting, strategies and solutions to universities, intercollegiate conferences, and collegiate organizations. Areas of service include comprehensive assessments and evaluations of collegiate athletic departments, including organization, staffing, operations, facilities, risk management, compliance, investigations and infractions, academics, fundraising, priority seating, student-athlete welfare and experience, Title IX/gender equity, strategic branding, marketing, public relations, social media, as well as crisis and media management. In addition, CSS provides premier coach and administrator executive searches, championship event planning and execution, NCAA reclassification, and conference affiliation planning and execution.
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