Rick Smith serves as the chairman and CEO Securus Technologies, a top provider of inmate communication solutions to U.S correctional facilities. The technology firm is based in Dallas, Texas. Securus works closely with correctional agencies, law enforcers, public safety and inmates across North America. The firm has developed innovate solutions, which include inmate calling options and video visitation that enable inmates to get in touch with family and friends. This is in helping inmates maintain a solid relationship with their loved ones.
Securus was formed from the merger between two inmate communication firms, T-Netix and Evercom. In 2007, the company also acquired Syscon Justice Systems, a leader in Offender Management Systems. Rick Smith joined Securus in 2008 when the firm was in dire need of new leadership after acquiring new business to make it one of the largest firms in the correctional industry. While announcing his appointment, Falcone, the company’s Chairman, said that Mr. Smith possessed perfect skills and experience that would help Securus compete favorably with its rivals in the correctional market.
Rick boasts a rich experience in the telecom industry. Prior to joining Securus, he worked as the CEO of Eschelon Telecom Inc. for over nine years. During his leadership, the firm was able to grow its revenues exponentially. Rick managed to push the company’s revenue from $30 million to over $350 million. Moreover, Mr. Smith led Eschelon into issuing Initial Public Offering in 2005. He joined Eschelon as the chief financial officer. The position gave him an opportunity to showcase his leadership skills. After serving in this position for a year, he was promoted to become the chief operation officer. After one year, he was appointed the president of the company. Rick later became the firm’s CEO, a position he served until 2007 after which he departed to assume his current role at Securus Technologies. Follow Rick at LinkedIn.com.
Rick Smith launched his career in Global Crossing where he held several positions that were instrumental in equipping him with the telecom experience he need to succeed in his career. Among the positions he served include controller, Chief Information Officer, Director of New Plants Operations, President of IT and vice president of Midwest Telephone Operations. He also served as business development director and vice president of financial management.
Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Masters in Mathematics from the State University of New York. He also graduated with a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Rochester’s Simon School.
Mr. Smith is committed to strengthening the position of Securus as a leader in offering innovative communication solution to correctional facilities. He is very hopeful that the infrastructural investment the company has made will reap immense benefits in the future. Read more on Crunchbase.com.