Rick Smith is the current CEO at Securus Technologies, a position he has held from July 2008. During this time, he has managed to drive the company to becoming one of the top leaders in the providence of services to the correctional facilities industry. Rick Smith is vastly experienced for his work having worked in different fields like information technology, operations, finance and other crucial business areas that have equipped him with the expertise and knowledge to run Securus Technologies. His top notch leadership skills have also played a crucial part in his success with the company.
Rick Smith holds an associate degree, which he earned from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Rick has an engineering degree from State University of New York. He was also awarded with a Masters degree in Engineering from the same institution. In addition, Rick Smith has an MBA that he earned from the Simon School, State University of New York.
Smith used to work for Global Crossing for 26 years from 1972 – 1998, holding a number of positions in the company. He went on to become the president at Frontier Information Technologies. Rick also served as the vice president for a corporation named Midwest Telephone Operations. He held the position of the chief financial officer from 1998 to 2000 at Eschelon Telecom Incorporated. In 2000 he assumed the presidency of the company for a period of three years before he became its CEO. While he was leading Eschelon, the company’s revenue increased from $30 million to about $350 million. He also oversaw a successful IPO for Eschelon in 2005. He stayed on with the company until the year 2007.
Rick Smith joined Securus Technologies and became the president as well as CEO in 2008. This was quickly followed by his ascension to become the chairman of Securus Technologies in 2009. The company has had a fierce business rivalry with Global Tel Link. In order to ward off competition from the company, Securus Technologies focused on making their products to be far superior to the ones offered by Global Tel Link. This has seen it retain its huge grasp of the market. The company boasts of the biggest VOIP platform in the corrections industry. Securus serves over 2600 correctional facilities and one million incarcerated persons around the country.
Rick Smith’s Achievements at Securus
Under his great leadership, Securus has experienced tremendous growth. Rick Smith aims at pushing the company towards better provision of technology solutions to protect the society via its diverse products. This involves identifying and preventing crimes committed by incarcerated persons. The company aims at being at the forefront in the development of new products that will assist corrections and law enforcement agencies keep the inmates and the society at large safe.