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News Releases

Big Ass Fans Helps Fund Cancer Center

LEXINGTON, KY – Big Ass Fans® announced today it has raised $25,000 for a new, state-of-the-art cancer treatment suite at University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center. The company last month began donating 5 percent… Read more »

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Company Info

Founded: 1999
Headquarters: Lexington, Kentucky
International reach: Products sold in more than 125 countries. International offices in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore.
Number of employees: 784
Revenue in 2014: $165 million
Revenue projected for 2015: $225 million
Fan diameters: 18 inches to 24 feet

Degreed engineers on staff: 75+
LEED-accredited employees: 50+
R&D spending: More than twice the industry average

Employee benefits: Employees’ average annual wages in 2014 exceeded the national average by more than 20% and Kentucky’s by more than 40%. Approximately 9% of earnings are distributed to all employees through an annual bonus program.
Employee retention rate for 2014: 85% (National average is 60%)

Customers: More than 60% of Fortune 500 companies and 90% of companies listed on the Dow Jones Industrial Average use Big Ass Fans and Big Ass Light fixtures. Well-known customers include Costco, Ikea, Planet Fitness, Starbucks, Target, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Whole Foods, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Toyota, Tesla, Delta, American Airlines and United Airlines.

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Media Coverage

Entrepreneur Features Big Ass Fans

Entrepreneur profiled Big Ass Fans and Chief Big Ass Carey Smith in its September issue, highlighting the company’s dedication to employees. Writer John Patrick Pullen traces Big Ass Fans’ origins to Smith’s prior companies,… Read more »

Chief Big Ass Talks Product Design with Inc.

Chief Big Ass Carey Smith talked form, function and design of award-winning products with Inc. this month. The interview was part of profile series of products, including Haiku with SenseME by Big Ass Fans,… Read more »

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Executive Bios

Carey Smith
Founder and Chief Big Ass
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Alex Reed
Consumer Product Development Manager
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Ed Quinn
Vice President of Sales
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James DeSmet
Vice President of Engineering
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Paul Lauritzen
Vice President of Product Development
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Landon Borders
Product Development Manager
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At Big Ass Solutions, we have an insatiable drive to improve, engineer, design, test, re-engineer, re-design and re-test until we get it just right. We don’t do things halfway — we go Big Ass. And we’ve got the awards to prove it.