Mr. Richard Smith commonly known as Rick is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Securus Technologies. He assumed his post as the CEO in July 2008. Rick was appointed because of his exceptional experience in the telecom industry, focus, and drive. These three qualities among others have helped him in moving the company forward making him an uncontested leader.
Rick Smith Securus has a superior educational background. Rick earned a degree from Rochester Institute of Technology, Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from The University of New York, the University of Rochester where he received an MBA from the Simon School and a Master’s degree in engineering from the University of New York.
Before Rick Smith begun heading Securus Technologies, he had a series of other positions since 1972 to 2007. His professional background history is as follows:
1972 to 1998; He held several positions with Global Crossing North America Inc. his roles under his company was the controller and chief information officer. During this period, he also headed Information Technologies as the president, Vice President of Midwest Telephone Operations, Director of Network Plant Operations, and Director and Vice President (Financial Management) of Business Development.
1998 to 2007; Rick Smith moved to Eschelon Telecom Inc. He was appointed by the company in the year 1998 where he served as the chief financial officer and later in 2000, he became the company’s president, and before 2003, he was promoted to CEO. This period portrayed his leadership abilities and strength since, during his reign, he increased the company’s revenue to $350 million from $30 million. Rick led this company until 2007. According to Wikipedia
June 2008; Rick Smith was hired as President and CEO of Securus Technologies.
Securus Technologies is based in Dallas, Texas. It was founded in the year 1986 as a prison technology company. Through this company, you can send calls to prisons every day. Through Rick Smith’s leadership, they have ensured that these calls are more transparent than they were before by including different divisions of technology. There is video calling where anyone who calls can see the inmate. This technique according to Rick believes that this has the visitation experience.
This firm has approached prisons through partnerships which have ensured that they have served many inmates and looked for families interested in the patient to make these call visitations easy thus growing the company.
This company, since the start of Rick Smith’s leadership, it has produced a larger set of services and products, it has a domestic call center which has performed 600% better than their biggest competition Global Tel Link. The company has also invested more than $600 million in technologies, patients, and acquisitions.
Rick Smith’s unique skill, excellent background, his work in finance, operations, business development, information technology and most of all his leadership skills have enabled him to have a flawless performance in his leadership posts thus improving each company he has headed. All these qualities have made Securus Technologies the leading place to get in touch with inmates. Check this article at Bloomberg.com to know more about Rick Smith.