Carey Smith

Carey Smith is Founder and CBA (Chief Big Ass) of Big Ass Fans, a very unique company headquartered in Lexington, KY. Because he refused to lay off employees during the Great Recession and even hired, Inc. named him "Economy Hero" in 2011. That same year, Ernst & Young named him a regional Entrepreneur of the Year. Carey is now focused on how Big Ass Fans can become a 200-year company, one that acts always in the best long-term interests of its customers, employees and suppliers.


Session: Staying Relevant
Wednesday, September 30
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Bomhard Theater, Kentucky Center

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