A Big Idea Meets a More Comfortable Reality

Whether by stifling heat, numbing cold, or choking humidity, discomfort can strike anywhere. Its effects cripple workers’ morale and productivity and act as kryptonite for customers, so in 1999, a fledgling fan company set out to do something about it.

A Bigger, Better Way

It started with a big idea in engineering: that the combination of size and quality design could fundamentally change what ceiling fans could accomplish. That high-volume, low-speed (HVLS) airflow—an entirely new concept—was the key to making spaces more comfortable and efficient. Because the “HVLS Fan Company” thought big, it didn’t take long for people to notice the impact our products had on facilities or for them to rebrand the company the way they saw us: as upstart innovator Big Ass Fans.

And Comfort For All

Big Ass Fans started by creating safer, more productive work environments in industrial facilities. But we didn’t stop there. Proven by our products’ performance, what started as a big idea became a workplace revolution and is now best practice for designers, managers, and business owners across every imaginable industry and application. Go to work, hit the gym, or enjoy a night on the town and chances are you’ll see a Big Ass fan [overhead] keeping the peace smoothly and silently. From factories to homes and everywhere in between, Big Ass fans deliver comfort, style, and energy savings that make life and work more enjoyable.

Our Offices

Big Ass Fans brings industry-leading airflow and energy savings to customers worldwide. Click below for contact information for our headquarters and international offices.

  • Australia Headquarters -
    • 35 French St
      Eagle Farm, Brisbane
      QLD 4009
      +61 1300 244 277
  • Singapore Headquarters +
    • 18 Tampines Industrial Crescent #06-07
      Singapore 528 605
      +65 6709 8500

      BAFCO Asia Sdn Bhd (965032-V)
      No 4, Jalan Jururancang U1/21A
      Hicom Glenmarie Industrial Park
      40150 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
      T: (+603) 5565 0888 x2
  • United States Headquarters +
    • 2348 Innovation Drive
      Lexington, KY 40511
      877-BIG-FANS or 877-244-3267
      Outside the U.S. (+1 859-233-1271)
  • Canada Headquarters +
    • 2180 Winston Park Dr
      Oakville, Ontario
      L6H 5W1
      1 (844) 9 BIG ASS (844-924-4277)
  • All Other Geographies +
    • Call +1 859-410-6286

Meet the Leadership Team

Lennie Rhoades


Lennie’s tenure with Big Ass Fans—”the best brand I’ve ever been associated with, bar none”—began in 2018 and was preceded by a number of successful leadership roles with well-known brands like Husqvarna. Degrees in industrial engineering and business from Ohio State University provide Lennie with the perfect combination of technical know-how and business savvy to steer the Big Ass Fans ship to even greater successes in the future.

Eric Evans

Senior VP & CFO

Eric graduated from John Carroll University with a degree in Economics and received an MBA from Carnegie Mellon. His global experience with Johnson & Johnson and executive leadership at Covidien and John Crane are great assets for Big Ass Fans, where he began serving as CFO in 2018.

Jim Flickinger


Before coming to Big Ass Fans in 2018, Jim held product leadership roles at Firestone and JELD-WEN and served on the Innovation team at Eastman, where he led the market development of new technology through its commercial launch. He is a native of Pittsburgh, PA.

Kent Semelroth

VP Operations and Engineering

Kent is a graduate of Millikin University and has served as a global operations executive for organizations such as Invensys, Cooper LIghting, and Siemens before joining Big Ass Fans in 2019.

Jenny Warnick

VP Global Business Lines

Jenny graduated from Bryn Mawr College and the University of Michigan Law School. Her global experience as both a private attorney and general counsel for businesses such as Planar Systems and JELD-WEN made her an excellent addition to the Big Ass Fans team in 2018.

Dave Smith


With more than 25 years of senior HR executive experience, Dave was an ideal fit to begin serving as Big Ass Fans’ CHRO in 2019. Before joining Big Ass Fans, Dave graduated from Central Michigan University and led HR for Char-Broil and Electrolux.

Joe Miller

VP and General Counsel

A graduate of Transylvania University and the University of Kentucky College of Law, Joe worked as an associate for the Frost Brown Todd law firm and Rhino Resource Partners, LP. A Big Ass Fans veteran, he joined the leadership team in 2012.