Rick Smith Securus Technology CEO;A wealth of technology Experience and Business leadership
Richard A. Smith (Rick Smith) is by all standards a technologically endowed man with a combination of important skills, education, and experience to lead an organization such as Securus Technology. He was appointed to the position of CEO in 2008 and has since recorded significant positive developments.
Securus Technology is involved in the development of technology used for public safety in various fields. Among its important clients is the correction department as well as civil and criminal justice systems. The company has focused on solving crimes and crime prevention measures, going way beyond prison walls to solve crimes committed by incarcerated persons. With over 2000 facilities to serve and an investment in the range of $600million dollars, it goes without saying that the company needs visionary leadership.
Rick Smith is a well-educated man. From the Rochester Institute of Technology, he obtained his associate’s degree and from the State University of New York, he obtained his degree in engineering and his master’s in engineering as well. He studied for his MBA at the University of Rochester’s Simon School.
Over the years, Smith has held various positions of authority, contributing to a good measure of success in several organizations. Between 1972 and 1988 he worked for Global Crossing North America Inc., assuming roles such as a controller and chief information officer. He also headed Midwest Telephone Operations as its vice president and also worked for Network Plant Operations as a Business Development Executive, Director and Vice President of Finance in the same company. Read more on PRNewsWire.com.
Between 1998 and 2000, Smith was Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Eschelon Telecom Inc.He, later on, took the helm as its president and CEO and is credited with the company’s substantial revenue increase which rose from $30 million to over $300 million during his tenure, leading to a successful IPO in 2005. He stayed with Eschelon Telkom until 2007.
Rick Smith joined Securus Technology in 2008 as president and CEO. One of its biggest competitors has been Global Tel Link. However, by rolling out more products and services, Securus has kept a notable lead. One of its main strengths is its call center run by well-trained employees. Under Smiths leadership, its patents have been cited to the tune of $600 million dollars and boast of the largest VOIP Corrections calling machinery in the world.
It is evident that Rick Smith Securus has injected an important set of skills and leadership style that is critical in steering the company forward. Having been in finance and immersed deeply in the technological world, he stands a good chance of scaling higher heights. Technology changes rapidly and it is important for companies to remain focused on new developments. With a solid capital base, Securus Technology under, Smith’s leadership stands a good chance to remain ahead of the competition.