Richard “Rick” Smith who serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Securus assumed the position in 2008. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Securus Technologies provides inmate services in more than 2,600 correctional institutions, public safety agencies and law enforcement institutions. Under Rick Smith’s leadership, Securus has experienced tremendous improvements in delivering public safety using technology.
Rick Smith is an alumnus of Rochester Institute of Technology where he graduated with an associate’s degree in Electrical Engineering. Moreover, he attended the University of New York, Buffalo graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering. Rick also holds a Masters in Engineering from the State University of New York. Rick Smith also joined the University of Rochester, Simon School, where he attained an MBA. With all this knowledge, Rick Smith was considered the perfect match for the position of CEO at Securus Technologies because of his strong educational background.
Between 1972 and 1998, Mr. Smith held different positions with Global North America Inc. He primarily played roles of a chief information officer and a controller in the company. Moreover, Rick served as the Frontier Information Technologies president and at Midwest Telephone Operations as the vice president. He also worked at Network Plant Operations Director as the vice president of its Financial Management team and as the director of Business Development.
From 1998 to 2000, Rick Smith worked for Eschelon Telecom Inc. where he served as the chief financial officer. From 2000 to 2003, Rick served as the company’s president and after a series of hard work he was elected as the chief executive officer. During his tenure, Eschelon Telecom increased its revenue from $ 30 million to $ 350 million. In 2005 during summer, Rick led Eschelon to a successful IPO. He worked wholeheartedly with the company providing tremendous improvements until 2007.
In 23, June 2008, Richard Smith joined Securus Technologies as its president and chief executive officer. In January 2009, he was elected the company’s chairman. Under his leadership, Securus Technologies has been growing towards success providing competitive products and services. Between 2013 and 2016, Mr. Smith has seen the company through investing $ 600 million in acquisitions, technologies, and patents. Securus Technologies delivers many services such as emergency response, inmate-self-service, biometric analysis, investigation, public information, communication and many others.
Rick Smith is an expert in roles such as accounting, management, IT and business development which gives him a firm basis to run Securus Technologies. He follows up the daily activities at Securus and participates in the development and executing plans to expand the company. With Rick on board, Securus Technologies has partnered with significant service providers in the inmate correction industry. In the company, Mr. Smith advocates for teamwork and entrepreneurship as its cultures. Rick Smith is positive about taking Securus Technologies to another level.