LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY – Big Ass Solutions, the maker of Big Ass Fans and Big Ass Light, has announced its latest innovation, AirEye. The first fan of its kind to detect motion and shut off automatically, AirEye is the quietest, longest-lasting, easiest-to-clean, highest efficiency personal cooler ever made. Existing directional fans break down often, make excessive […]
Lexington, KY – Dec. 7, 2016 – Big Ass Solutions (the parent company of Big Ass Fans) is building the world’s toughest and brightest battery-powered LED work light, and offering it first through Indiegogo. The Big Ass Light Bar was built to uncompromising quality standards. Its durable design makes it ideal for hardworking Americans in […]
Lexington, Kentucky – Big Ass Solutions today announced it was named Marketing Team of the Year in the 2016 UBM Americas Annual Creativity in Electronics Awards. The awards program honors the people and companies behind the technologies and products that are changing the world of electronics. The winners were announced at a ceremony on Wednesday, December […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — LEXINGTON, Kentucky — After weeks of urging from her supporters, Fanny is excited to announce her candidacy for President of the United States. For Fanny, the last straw in her highly personal decision-making journey was the Sept. 26 debate between the two major party candidates. Like so many other viewers, she […]
Since retiring from The Tonight Show in 2014, Jay Leno has stayed busy working on his personal car collection, one of the world’s largest, with more than 150 automobiles and 100 motorcycles. To keep cool while he and his staff restore vintage vehicles, Leno uses Big Ass Fans’ Black Jack and AirGo fans.
The International Interior Design Association (IIDA), in partnership with Hospitality Design magazine announced this year’s IIDA/HD Product Design Competition winners. Big Ass Solutions won best Hardware or Decorative Metal/Plastics with the sleek, minimalist design of Haiku fans.
Have you ever thought that light affects the quality of your food? Food Quality & Safety magazine featured Big Ass Solutions writer Jamison Stoike, who told the readers about some unexpected benefits of LEDs. The article details light requirements in food processing facilities, food storage facilities and restaurants. “Merits of LED technology include improved efficiency, […]
To request a speaker for your event, email
For information about Founder and Chief Big Ass Carey Smith, please visit:
For sponsorship and charitable giving requests, please visit:
Founder and Chief Big Ass
Chief Operating Officer
As the name suggests, Big Ass Fans isn’t your traditional business, and Carey Smith isn’t a traditional CEO. In fact he forgoes the title altogether, answering instead to Chief Big Ass. While it sounds like big fun, it’s serious business behind the scenes that drives the company’s innovation and fast growth.
The eldest of four children, Carey learned his first management lessons by organizing his siblings—after all, chores don’t happen on their own. He began his path to entrepreneurship in elementary school, selling handmade crafts at local gift shops. At age 9, Carey started working and never stopped. He gained a tireless work ethic as he sold shoes and Christmas cards, changed bedpans and newspaper type, and washed shirts and floors—all before graduating high school. When his parents moved to Maryland, Carey attended the mostly all-women Hood College in Frederick, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics. After graduation, he began a master’s degree at the University of Chicago, also in economics. But, unable to pay the tuition, he was forced to abandon his studies for a full-time job.
With a belief there was money—and opportunity—in dirt, Carey joined a large industrial cleaning company, mopping floors and managing custodial teams. The job offered few benefits aside from perspective. In 1976, he left for Dallas, where he quickly moved up in the burgeoning insurance industry. Dissatisfied with working in a traditional corporate environment, Carey left insurance in 1981 to begin his first company, Sprinkool, which installed sprinklers on the roofs of industrial buildings as a cooling mechanism. While revenue grew to $1.4 million, the profits weren’t enough to sustain long-term growth.
At age 46, Carey launched the unremarkably named HVLS Fan Company (that’s High Volume, Low Speed). Taking a cue from customers who asked again and again about “those big ass fans,” Carey renamed the company and adopted a strategy of direct sales, so customer feedback would continue to drive innovation. Today, the Big Ass approach centers around investing in research and development, offering top wages and benefits, and showing an industry-leading commitment to innovation.Close
Jon Bostock came to Big Ass Solutions from General Electric. He held a variety of positions throughout GE, but there was one common thread – he always went against the grain, avoiding the company’s prescribed career paths to take on its hardest challenges. This contrarian nature drew him to Big Ass Solutions. Jon joined the famously disruptive company to tackle the unique challenges of helping a quality-focused, direct-sales manufacturer reach its potential. He leads growth, strategy and operations, with a focus on the company’s industrial and commercial brands, Big Ass Fans and Big Ass Light.
He’s no stranger to pushing the status quo. Prior to GE, he spent several years exploring his entrepreneurial side, co-founding a tech company in the early 2000s that allowed users to download newscasts to new-fangled devices called “iPods.” In his free time, Jon enjoys creating abstract art and spending time with his wife and two sons. After a glass or two of bourbon, he’ll happily tell you about the similarities between creating art and running a business.
General Manager of Consumer Ventures; General Manager of Trademarks, Licensing and Partnerships; Executive Marketing Director; Brand Manager; and Product Manager for General Electric.Close
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.