Rick Smith is the CEO of Securus Technologies Inc., a provider of telecommunications solutions for correctional facilities. He was appointed CEO inJune 2008, and has provided excellent leadership for the company since then. Rick is based in Dallas, Texas, and has vast experience in a number of departments including information technology, financial management, business development, and operational management. He holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Rochester and also graduated from the State University of New York with a Master’s degree in engineering. According to Wikipedia
Rick Smith’s career began in 1972 at Global Crossing North America Inc. where he held various positions including chief information officer and financial controller. He left this company after 16 years and went on to work with Frontier Information Technologies, where he was appointed president after a few years. He also served as vice president of Midwest Telephone Operations. Mr. Smith worked with Eschelon Telecom Inc. and served as president and chief operating officer between2000 and 2003.He was also a member of the Eschelon board of directors. Besides his position as CEO of Securus, Rick Smith serves on the board of Integra Telecom Co Ltd.
Contribution to Inmate Communications Industry
The inmate telecommunications industry is a very challenging industry to operate in since companies have to find ways of providing affordable services to inmates and still make profits. They also have to keep developing new products and services to make prisons and other correctional facilities safe for both inmates and the people who work there. With Rick Smith at the helm, Securus has managed to keep up with changes in the industry and improve their services accordingly.
Rick Smith has excellently guided the other executives and employees of the company in setting winning strategies and implementing them. They have developed several new products and services for use in correctional facilities. For instance, prisoners can now video call their loved ones on special occasions like birthdays and Christmas. This makes the incarceration experience more bearable for both inmates and their families. Securus has grown in leaps and bounds under the leadership of Rick Smith, and is now a leader in the telecommunications industry. It serves well over 2000 correctional facilities in the U.S.
Juggling all the responsibilities that Rick Smith has is no mean feat. It requires discipline and 100% commitment. He gets a lot of fulfilment from seeing his work improving the lives of inmates and their families. This is what drives him to stay focused on his goals and work hard to see that they are met. Thanks to his excellent leadership, Securus has set the bar high for other players in the telecommunications industry. The company is bound to grow even more under his leadership. Read more on Crunchbase.com