Rick Smith was named CEO of Securus in the year 2008, since that time he has helped the company become leaders in the corrections industry in terms of quality of service delivery. Rick Smith is an impressive individual and his background and skill set shows that, with experience in finance, operations, business development among others, he looks to be the perfect leader to take a company towards greater achievements.
Securus Technologies with their headquarters in Dallas has been a major supplier of services for inmates, and other law enforcement agencies for a long time. They have provided services for over 1,000,000 inmates across North America and that figure is continually on the rise.
Rick Smith has helped the company maintain its leadership position in serving the prison community with the technology they need to manage incidence, communications, biometric analysis, self-care, and investigation.
Smith obtained an MBA from the Simon Business School of the University of Rochester, before which he had graduated with an Engineering degree from the State University of New York. He also has an associate degree which he obtained from the Rochester Institute of Technology. This solid educational background helped prepare him for a life as one of the best business leaders in the US today. He started out at the Global Crossing North America Inc. Where he developed his leadership skills, having held a series of positions there from 1972 to 1998. He also had a stint at Frontier information Technologies where he was president, Network Plants Operations Director, Director of Business Development, Vice President of Midwest Telephone operations, among others.
Between 1998 and year 2000, he was Chief Financial Officer of Eschelon Telecom Inc. His impressive performances led to him being promoted to company president between 2000 and 2003 and subsequently CEO. As CEO of Eschelon Telecom, he helped the company achieve a revenue increase from $30 million to $350 million. He later led them to their Initial Public Offering in the year 2005 before leaving them in 2007.
In the year 2008 Securus Technologies hired him to become their President and CEO. He was made chairman in 2009 and continued to help them battle competition from Global Tel Link to stay top of the correction industry. They ultimately became successful in the battle for supremacy with Global Tel Link because of a few advantages some of which are: Securus had a large group of services they provided, they also had their own domestic call center which their staffs were working at full-time. During his time as a leader, they also had the largest VOIP corrections calling facility in the world and trained enough field technicians. Smith also led the company to invest over $500 million in acquisitions, technologies, and patents which have helped them gain a very strong foothold at the top of their industry. With Rick Smith at the Helm, Securus technology looks set to continue growing at a rapid rate and more