Rick Smith is the current chief executive officer for Securus Technologies. Securus Technologies is based out of Dallas Texas and is non-profit prison Technology Company. Rick was given the CEO title in 2008. Rick has an extensive education background. He earned his associate’s degree from Rochester Institute of Technology and his Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from State University of New York at Buffalo. Mr. Smith also earned his Master’s Degree in Engineering from State University of New York and went on to earn his MBA from The University of Rochester. In addition to being the chief executive officer for Securus Technologies, Rick Smith also sits on the board for Eschelon Telecom, Inc. He is the president and board member of Integra Telecom Co Ltd.
In July of 2015 Securus Technologies announced that they had acquired Jpay. Jpay currently functions in over 33 jails and prisons and is a technology based company that provides electronic payments as well as email hosting and educational apps. Rick Smith said that acquiring Jpay pushed Securus Technologies into one of the quickest growing sectors of inmate technology and even brings tablets to inmates. Smith also stated that this acquisition allows Securus to operate any modern jail or prison more effectively.
Rick Smith and the founder of Jpay Ryan Shapiro are both pleased with the hard work their efforts together have created. They strive to provide a safer and more technology advanced jail and prison system that will deliver top notch communications and technology to correctional officers, correctional staff, inmates and their families.
Rick Smith admitted he has received many positive emails from staff that are utilizing the updated Securus Technologies equipment. Many customers have emailed him and thanked him for how easy the payment options are and how advanced and simplistic the technology is for users. Inmates and their families have admitted they feel safer than they did in previous years. Rick has said that building safety in the company is part of the DNA of Securus Technologies; he wants the community to feel safer with the options they have created. It is Securus Technologies’ honor to protect and serve the community.