Richard A. Smith also called as Rick Smith is driving innovation in the correction and prison technology firm Securus Technologies as the Chief Executive Officer of it. Since his appointment as the top executive officer of the company in 2008, it saw rampant changes in its strategies and started focusing on the long-term growth of the firm. His innovation drive in technology and law enforcement helped the firm to win a number of patents in corrections and law enforcement. It should be noted that the firm has achieved 36 patents in the last three years and the credit for this achievement shows the influential leadership of Rick and his visionary initiatives. Incidentally, he expanded the size of the firm’s R&D team and added more software developers into the firm, and this has paid well with the results.
Interestingly, the services offered by the firm also expanded and more popularized under him. The family and friends’ services, investigative solutions, monitoring solutions, corrections solutions, and public safety solutions have been used by both individuals and government organizations. Apart from driving innovation in his firm, Rick also ensures shaping the industry as a whole. He brings practical solutions that can address the needs of inmates and law enforcement divisions alike. His commitment made the firm to contribute $1.3 Billion to Jail, Prison and Government funding during the last ten years. Under family and friends services, the inmate calls to their family and friends crossed 1,000,000 on the Christmas day shows how successful the firm’s VoIP calling platform. He helped the firm to develop the industry’s first inmate services operating system called ConnectUs.
Before joining Securus Technologies, Rick was working as the CEO of Eschelon Telecom, Inc. During his nine-year term in the firm, he helped it to grow its revenue from $30 million to around $350 million with an EBITDA margin of $80 million and Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 48%. Rick also helped the Eschelon to make a successful IPO in 2005. Before assuming the role of CEO in the firm he was the Chief Operating Officer of the firm for three years. Rick also worked as the Chief Financial Officer of the firm. Interestingly, his exceptional services to Eschelon helped him to grab the CEO role at Securus Technologies, as the board members of Securus were impressed with his contributions to Eschelon. Read more on Wikipedia.Org
Regarding his education, Rick completed his graduation and masters in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York. He completed his Associate’s Degree from Rochester Institute of Technology and did his MBA from the University of Rochester. Rick Smith has vast experience in various industries and sectors. He worked in telecom, operations, IT, finance, business development, and more. During the initial years of his career, Rick also worked with Global Crossing North America Inc.