Richard Smith, commonly known as Rick, is the current President and Chief Executive Officer of Securus Technologies. Before joining Securus, Mr. Smith was the President of “Eschelon Telecom Inc” starting April 2000 up to August 2003. Between August 2003 and August 2007, Smith served as the CEO of Eschelon, and between March 1999 and July 2003, he was the company’s Chief Operating Officer. Smith was Frontier Corp’s former Vice President of Financial Management between April 1997 and October 1998. He has also served as the Vice President at Midwest Telephone Operations. Mr. Smith joined Securus in June 23, 2008.
Mr. Smith graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with an “Associate of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering”. He also graduated from the State University, NY, at Buffalo, with a “Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering”. He also went on to the State University, NY, at Brockport, for a “Masters in Mathematics”, and later to the University of Rochester for a “Masters in Business Administration”.
Mr. Smith’s Contribution To Securus
The dynamic and talented business leader has made a name for him in the IT sector. He has inspired many in the technology industry. It is through Rick Smith’s stewardship that Securus managed to grow and expand its client base in America to more than 1 million customers. More than 120,000 inmates rely on the company’s technology to reach their friends and families. Additionally, Smith has been behind several acquisitions and mergers that have been crucial in Securus’ domination of the inmate communication sector. Some of the organizations that Securus has merged or acquired include Syscon Justice Sytems, Evercom, and T-Netix. Rick has also helped the organization invest more than $600 million in numerous projects, including innovating and upgrading technologies, merger and acquisitions, research and development, and securing patents.
One of the most recognized acquisition that Mr. Rick Smith Securus managed to facilitate was the Syscon Justice Systems deal. The company was renowned for offender management systems. Mr. Smith was able to purchase the company and in doing so, Securus’ productivity and profitability grew exponentially. Securus then became the world leader in offender management systems. The Dallas-based firm continues to create innovative products and provide quality services that have established their leadership with regards to offender management technologies. Read more on Wikipedia.Org
Securus was established in 1986 and has grown into a reputable prison communication firm. Securus deals with implementing video calls to allow inmates to communicate with visitors. This technology came to replace the traditional face-face visits. Furthermore, this technology is meant to save the expenditure at correctional facilities, increase safety, and create a broader opportunity for inmates to reach out to outsiders. Securus has also introduced biometric technology in prisons. Biometrics has made it easier for prison staff to identify prisoners and to effectively manage inmate numbers. Securus currently serves more than 2,000 prisons across Canada and the U.S.