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.
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 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.
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.