Rick Smith is a highly respected executive in the U.S telecommunication industry. He has a forty years’ experience in the sector and has been the CEO of Securus Technologies as from June 2008. Smith has an outstanding drive and determination that has enabled the company to grow in the corporate world. His excellent management skills have allowed Securus to be recognized as one of the top providers of telecommunication services to the correctional industry. Most of the clients have significantly acknowledged the services that it offers. Rick has built an excellent reputation for himself for the years that he has served as an administrator in different corporations. During his career, he has gained skills in business development, telecommunications, information technology, finance, and many other fields.
Smith is currently based at the main offices of Securus Technologies in Dallas, Texas. The technologies that the company provides are used by over 3450 Canadian and American correctional facilities that accommodate approximately 2.1 million inmates. The scope of service that is offered by Securus Technologies has increased since Rick Smith joined it. The solutions that the firm provides include emergency response, investigations, biometric analysis, communication, and inmate self-service.
The Securus Technologies CEO has accomplished a lot in his career due to his solid education background. He is a graduate of the State University of New York where he was offered a degree in engineering. Rick Smith was then awarded an associate degree in electrical engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He has served different companies in his career. Rick held various positions at the Global North America Inc., which is a firm that he served until 1998. The administrative positions that he held include the director of business development, the VP of Midwest Telephone Operation, the chief information officer, and the Frontier information Technologies’ president.
The business executive also worked at Eschelon Telecom Inc. for about one decade. The company hired him as the CFO in 1998, and he was later promoted to act as its president as from 2000 to 2003. In 2003, he was elevated to serve as the CEO and held the office until 2007. During his time at the corporation, its annual revenue rose from an average of $30 million to $350 million. Eschelon Telecom had its IPO in 2005 when Rick was still its CEO. He retired from the firm in 2007 but is still a member of its board.
Rick’s excellent management skills enabled him to be appointed as Securus Technologies’ chairman and president. Under his management, the firm has invested $600 million in developing different top-notch products. It has invented several new technologies and has also patented them. Securus Technologies’ products have improved service provision in correctional facilities.