Rick Smith is one of the leading executives who serve in the inmate communication industry. He is the Securus Technologies CEO and has been serving the firm since June 2008. His remarkable drive, focus, and experience have enabled him to be an excellent administrator at the enterprise. During his time as the head of Securus Technologies, the company has grown to become a top provider of telecommunications solutions to correctional facilities. Its exceptional services have been acknowledged by all its customers. Rick’s record as a communications expert is outstanding, and he has been an administrator in various corporations. Rick Smith has had an opportunity to serve as a senior officer in departments such as finance, information technology, telecommunications, operations, business development, and many others.
Smith is based at the Securus Technologies’ main offices in Dallas, Texas. The company’s services are currently used by more than 2.1 million inmates who are based in 3450 prisons that are based in both the United States and Canada. It has increased the scope of service that it provides since Rick joined it, and they include biometric analysis, communication, investigation, inmate self-service, and emergency responses.
The education background of the CEO is solid, and this has enabled him to make significant accomplishments in his career. He schooled at the State University of New York and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in engineering. Smith was later admitted at the Rochester Institute of Technology and holds an associate degree in electrical engineering from the institution. After completing his higher education, he was hired by Global North America Inc. and served it until 1998. The firm offered him different administrative positions that include the Frontier information Technologies’ president, the VP of Midwest Telephone Operation, the chief information officer, and a business controller. He was appointed to act as a director of business development and the firm’s network plant operations.
The business leader was offered an opportunity to be the CFO of Eschelon Telecom Inc. in 1998. The company later promoted him to be the COO before taking over its presidency in 2000. Rick held the senior position until 2003 when he was made the CEO. During his tenure at the telecommunications enterprise, its revenue grew to over $350 million from the initial $30 million. He was the head of the company when it had its IPO in 2005. Smith retired from being the CEO of the Eschelon in 2007, but he still sits on its board.
Rick managed to be appointed as the chairman and president of Securus a few months after joining it. He has led the corporation in inventing of several new technologies that are patented. In past few years, Securus Technologies has spent about $600 million in bettering its product portfolio.