About Us

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.

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.

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.

United States Headquarters

2348 Innovation Drive
Lexington, KY 40511
877-BIG-FANS or 833-665-1346
Outside the U.S. (+1 859-233-1271)

Australia Headquarters

35 French St
Eagle Farm, Brisbane
QLD 4009
+61 877-244-3267

Singapore Headquarters

50 Ubi Crescent, #01-01, Ubi TechPark
Singapore 408568
877-244-3267

Canada Headquarters

2180 Winston Park Dr
Oakville, Ontario
L6H 5W1
Canada
1 (844) 9 BIG ASS (844-924-4277)

All Other Geographies

Call +1 859-410-6286

MEET THE LEADERSHIP TEAM

Kenneth Walma

CEO

Before joining Big Ass Fans, Ken served as VP & GM of Cooper Lighting where he unified a global team and transformed the company by offering new value propositions that accelerated growth. Ken received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina & his Master’s degree from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.

JIM FLICKINGER

Senior VP & CCO

Before coming to Big Ass Fans in 2018, Jim held product leadership roles at Firestone & JELD-WEN & served on the Innovation team at Eastman, where he led the market development of new technology through its commercial launch. A native of Pittsburgh, PA, he holds Masters & Bachelor degrees in communications from Edinboro University of PA.

Chad Saltzman

VP Finance

Chad graduated from the University of New Orleans with a degree in Accounting and Business. He is a certified public accountant and started off his career at Ernst & Young in their assurance advisory group. Prior to joining Big Ass Fans in 2018, he’s held various finance and treasury leadership roles in both private and public mid-sized companies.

Brian Hilander

VP Operations

Brian brings more than 20 years of experience to Big Ass Fans in domestic and international operations, most recently as VP Operations, Americas at Aventics/Emerson. Prior to, he held various leadership roles with Zelios, The Outdoor Group, Schneider Electric, & Bullard, making him an excellent addition to Big Ass Fans in 2022.

JENNY WARNICK

VP International Business Lines

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

DAVE SMITH

VP & CHRO

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 & led HR for Char-Broil & Electrolux.