Businessman, Communication Professionals

Rick Smith: Securus Officer

Rick Smith is the chief executive officer (CEO) of Securus Technology. Smith, a businessman, has worked in that position since the summer of 2008. Smith has been credited by sources as being the man responsible for leading the company into the future and helping the business secure and maintains the position of being the undisputed leader in providing penal institutions with both high-quality products and services.

Smith’s Education

After high school, Smith attended the Rochester Institute of Technology where he earned an associate’s degree. He next attended the State University of New York, Buffalo where he earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering. Next, Smith completed his master’s in engineering from the State University of New York. Finally, he earned an MBA at the Simon School at the University of Rochester.

Smith’s Background

Smith is reputed to hold his present position, in part, due to his educational background, leadership ability, specific skillset and work experience. Smith has worked in a number of different fields including information technology, business development, and finance, operations and telecommunications among others.

Smith’s Previous Positions

Smith worked a few different jobs from 1972 until 1998 while employed by a business named Global Crossing North America Inc. The positions included chief information officer and controller. In addition, he has worked as the business development director, director of network plant operations, the financial management vice-president, the frontier information technologies president, and the midwest telephone operations vice-president.Smith also worked for Eschelon Telecom Inc. From 1998 to 2000 he was the chief financial officer (CFO). He served as the president until 2003 when he then became CEO.While serving as CEO, Smith reportedly increased the value of the company by approximately $50 million. He also led the company to an IPO in 2005. He held the CEO position until 2007.He became president and CEO of Securus Technologies in 2008. The following year he signed on as company chairman. The company currently offers more services and products than Global Tel Link their major competitor.

Securus Technologies

Thanks in part to Smith’s management, Securus presently has Under Smith’s management, the company now has a force of fully-trained field technicians, its own call center, and has even put together the largest VOIP Corrections calling platform anywhere. The business has garnered over $600 million in technologies, patents, and acquisitions. The Dallas-based business now provides services and products to more than 2,600 public safety law enforcement and corrections agencies and 1,000,000 inmates in North America. Smith and the people at Securus work to further their commitment to providing the penal industry with a variety of technology products and services.

Communication Professionals, Honorable Mention

Austin-based U.S. Money Reserve’s CEO Angie Koch Accepted The Awards Of Excellence from the Association Of Marketing And Communication Professionals Recently

U.S. Money Reserve has a reputation for being one of the top companies in the rare coin industry, but the company can add a couple of other awards to their collection of achievements. The Association of Marketing And Communication Professionals recently gave U.S. Money Reserve two Awards of Excellence in the TV/Commercial/Product and Creative Cinematography categories,according to a article.

The Award of Excellence is given to commercial products that are written, edited produced, and shot with a high-level of creativity. U.S. Money Reserve won the award for an infomercial titled “Testimonial Show.” That infomercial had actual U.S. Money Reserve clients talking about their experience with the company. People like race car legend Richard Petty took part in the award-winning infomercial.

Angie Koch, the Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Money Reserve, put out a statement that said the company was honored to receive the awards. Koch also commended her media, marketing and production teams for putting together such quality work.

The judges of the 2016 Videographer Awards receive more than 1,500 entries before they made their decision. U.S. Money Reserve won a bronze award at the 37th Telly Awards recently for the TV spot entitled “Philip Diehl IRA,” so the company is on a roll for their media efforts, according to Phil Diehl, the president of U.S. Money Reserve and the former director of the United States Mint.

The Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals is a group of thousands of marketing, advertising, communication, public relations, media and freelance professionals. Entries are judged in 20 categories, and three awards are given in each category. The awards are the Award of Excellence, the Award of Distinction, and Honorable Mention.

According to PR Newswire an Glassdoor, the executive team of Phil Diehl and Angie Koch have turned the 16-year-old U.S. Money Reserve into one of the top private distributors of U.S. and foreign government-issued gold, silver and platinum coins. The rare coin business has enjoyed a surge in popularity thanks to the gold and silver market.

Collectors, as well as investors, are adding gold coins to their investment portfolios and IRA accounts because the value of those coins is increasing faster than any time in the past. The winning TV spot about adding rare coins to IRA accounts was one of the ideas Phil Diehl brought to the company when he left government service. Angie Koch was recently named a regular blogger for the Huffington Post, so both executives are getting a lot of media exposure for their creativity and business sense.