Currently, Rick Smith is an executive at Securus Technologies, an IT firm providing services to corrections institutions with a goal of enhancing safety and security of the inmates. Rick has been very influential and impressive leader at the company since he was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2008. Prior to joining Securus, Smith was working as Eschelon Telecom Inc. serving the role of the President. Securus appointed Rick because of his broad experience, expertise and dedication in this industry. He has been working closely with his team of experts, guiding them how to improve customer service and association all the time.
Rick’s Professional Background
Rick Smith kicked off his career in 1972 at Global Crossing North America, where he worked at different positions. In 1998, Rick joined Eschelon Telecom where he served as the CFO, and in 2000 he was named the President and COO at the firm. During his tenure at Eschelon, the company’s revenue increased from about $30 million to $350 million. In 2008, Rick joined Securus Technologies serving as the CEO, and in 2014, additional responsibilities were added and became the President. Throughout his career, Rick Smith has set an excellent track record through his skills and experience, and that has positively impacted the performance of Securus Technologies. The IT expert has amassed a wealth of experience in the Telecom sector through serving in various roles such as business development, information technology, operations, finance and more.
Rick studied at University State of New York and graduated with a bachelors degree in Engineering. In addition, he holds a master’s degree in Engineering from the same institution. At the University of Rochester, the Securus’ executive earned his MBA, and at Rochester Institute an Associate Degree. Follow Rick’s profile at LinkedIn.com.
Overview of Securus Technologies
The company was founded in 1986 and has been focusing on transforming the environment around correctional institutions and law enforcement agencies. The firm has 140 plus patents, and is a leading technology innovation provider in the criminal justice mechanism. Securus Technologies has continued with its technological innovations under the leadership of Rick Smith. The firm’s areas of focus include improving communication systems within correction facilities, and also helping inmates and their loved ones.
Securus technologies is based in Texas, and is highly recognized across the United States for providing quality telecommunication services to prisons and other correctional facilities. The company has successfully implemented video call technology to help inmates communicate with visitors. This technology is relied on to replace the traditional face-to-face communication that was used. The move is seen as an effective way of improving security, saving money, and providing a chance to prisoners to communicate with outsiders. In addition, Securus has implemented the use of biometric systems to identify and manage inmates more effectively.