Rick Smith: A Scion of Determination in the Corporate Sector
Securus Technologies has a rich history of operational success steeped in excellent management by its efficient and visionary leaders. These leaders have helped the company make headways in the American public safety and correctional services industry through excellent strategic moves. This has seen the company expand its client base to over 1.2 million inmates and over 3,000 public safety and correctional facilities. One such excellent leader who has seen the growth and development of the company through strategic initiatives and sheer determination is Richard ‘Rick’ Smith: the current chief executive officer at Securus Technologies. His determination to explore new operational frontiers at Securus Technologies is complimented by his expertise in telecommunications having worked in the industry for several years. The recent acquisition of JPay by Securus Technologies will significantly increase the company’s growing list of service portfolio. The company’s strong interests and capabilities in financial services especially for inmates will complement its inmate telecommunication services where it has excelled. Rick Smith excellent track record as a telecoms expert includes highly successful stints at Global Crossing North America Inc. and Eschelon Telecom Inc. between 1972 and 2007. As a senior and high ranking corporate leader at these companies, Mr. Smith oversaw their operational and financial growth including seven times growth in Eschelon’s value and successful IPO launch.
Education and Career Background
Rick Smith is an industry veteran with over four decades of experience working as a senior and high ranking corporate leader at some of the largest corporations in the telecommunication industry and public safety and correctional sector. After working at Global Crossing North America Inc. for over 25 years in several senior roles including head of business development and vice president, he moved on to greater professional challenges in 1998. He excelled in his numerous roles at Eschelon Telecom Inc. before joining Securus Technologies in 2007. Integra Telecom Co. Ltd. also sought to tap into his wealth of knowledge with a board of directors membership.
Rich Smith’s vast experience usually come in handy when it comes to decision making requiring deep industry knowledge and broad based perspective. However, his strong engineering background is also a vital success factor in his long career in the telecommunication industry. He received his Bachelor of Engineering degree from the State University of New York. He returned to the same university to further his engineering education with a Master of Engineering degree. He is also an alumnus of the University of Rochester where he graduated with a Master of Business Administration degree. Rochester Institute of Technology as awarded him an associate degree.
Rick Smith is a master strategist with a keen eye for identifying and exploiting unique opportunities in the market. This includes strategically expanding the company’s operations and service portfolio with each new acquisition he guides the company makes. He has also overseen the hiring of some of the best talents across various industries.