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Carey Smith

Founder and chief big ass, Big Ass Fans

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Carey Smith Biography

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 to Chief Big Ass. Dissatisfied with working in a traditional corporate environment, Carey left an insurance job 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, he 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, as well as offering top wages and benefits.Since 2010, annual revenue has increased from $49.9 million to a projected $225 million in 2015, landing the company annual spots on the Inc. 5000 and Forbes’ list of America’s Most Promising Companies.

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Speaking Topics
  • How to fund your venture without giving up control

  • Why you should cut out the middlemen that stand between you and your customers

  • How to succeed in tech thousands of miles from Silicon Valley

  • Why your brand is more valuable than your patents

  • How embracing a “fail fast” approach can actually help you succeed

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  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Carey Smith?

    Booking fees for Carey Smith, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Carey Smith, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Carey Smith?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Carey Smith for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Carey Smith for your next private or corporate function.
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    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Carey Smith or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Carey Smith or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Founder and chief big ass, Big Ass Fans

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Carey Smith Biography

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 to Chief Big Ass. Dissatisfied with working in a traditional corporate environment, Carey left an insurance job 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, he 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, as well as offering top wages and benefits.Since 2010, annual revenue has increased from $49.9 million to a projected $225 million in 2015, landing the company annual spots on the Inc. 5000 and Forbes’ list of America’s Most Promising Companies.

Carey Smith Videos

  • Carey Smith: How to Find a Winning Business Idea | Inc.
    Unorthodox Ventures founder Carey Smith explains how to identify a problem that you have the unique experience to solve. #Business #BigIdea...
  • Carey Smith: How to Spot Opportunities in a Recession | Inc.
    Big Ass Fans founder Carey Smith shares a strategic move that made his company tens of millions of dollars in annual revenue.
  • Carey Smith Speaking Reel

Carey Smith Speaking Topics

  • How to fund your venture without giving up control

  • Why you should cut out the middlemen that stand between you and your customers

  • How to succeed in tech thousands of miles from Silicon Valley

  • Why your brand is more valuable than your patents

  • How embracing a “fail fast” approach can actually help you succeed

FAQs on booking Carey Smith

  • How to book Carey Smith?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Carey Smith for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Carey Smith, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Carey Smith or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Carey Smith?

    Booking fees for Carey Smith, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Carey Smith, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Carey Smith?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Carey Smith for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Carey Smith for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Carey Smith or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Carey Smith or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Carey Smith is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as How to fund your venture without giving up control, Why you should cut out the middlemen that stand between you and your customers, How to succeed in tech thousands of miles from Silicon Valley, Why your brand is more valuable than your patents and How embracing a “fail fast” approach can actually help you succeed. The estimated speaking fee range to book Carey Smith for your event is available upon request. Carey Smith generally travels from Austin, TX, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Dyana Valentine, Linzi Boyd, Carol Cone, Johnny Cupcakes and Sebastian Diemer. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Carey Smith for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Carey Smith Speaker Videos

  • Carey Smith: How to Find a Winning Business Idea | Inc.
    Unorthodox Ventures founder Carey Smith explains how to identify a problem that you have the unique experience to solve. #Business #BigIdea #Entrepreneur Get social with Inc. on: Facebook:...
    Carey Smith: How to Spot Opportunities in a Recession | Inc.
    Big Ass Fans founder Carey Smith shares a strategic move that made his company tens of millions of dollars in annual revenue.
  • Carey Smith Speaking Reel

Carey Smith Speaking Topics

  • How to fund your venture without giving up control

  • Why you should cut out the middlemen that stand between you and your customers

  • How to succeed in tech thousands of miles from Silicon Valley

  • Why your brand is more valuable than your patents

  • How embracing a “fail fast” approach can actually help you succeed

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent, and wish to request removal from this catalog or report an issue with your profile, please click here.

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