On June 23, 2008, Richard A. Smith assumed the position of President and CEO of Securus Technologies, Inc. Previously, he served in various capacities at Eschelon Telecom Inc including its President, the Chief Financial Officer, the Chief Operations Officer, and Chief Executive Officer in a stint extending from 1998 to 2003. Before joining Eschelon, Smith worked at Global Crossing as its Financial Management Vice President as well as in various capacities. Rick holds an associate degree in Electrical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, a bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo, a Master’s in Mathematics from SUNY, Brockport, and an MBA from the University of Rochester, Simon School.At Securus Technologies, Rick Smith has served as its CEO since January 2009 and its director since June 2008. Stakeholders reviewed his appointment as CEO of Securus positively. A significant majority endorsed Rick Smith due to his focus, self-drive, experience, and his stellar academic qualifications.
Rick provides constant drive and leadership at Securus in satisfying the needs of the correctional services community. His practical approach resulted in the use of technology by correctional facilities to deliver incident management, biometric analysis, investigation, inmate communications, monitoring, and self services.His tenure at Securus has elevated the company into a reliable provider of prison communication systems across the US and Canada. With these techniques, prisons and inmates can have contact with visitors resulting in tremendous cost savings, increased security, and broadening of communication space among inmates. Rick was instrumental in the push to equip prisons with biometric technology for prisoner identification and inmate management. Securus Inc serves over 2,600 prisons, 1, 000,000 inmates, public safety, and law enforcement agencies. Under his leadership, Securus has committed over $600 million in patenting new technologies within three years.
Securus has been instrumental in facilitating the justice inmate tracking system, identification of crime patterns, and improvements in response times to emergencies and law enforcement. Rick Smith focuses on investing the company’s resources in creating innovative improvements in information gathering and access, communications systems attentive to the needs of families and inmates. His noteworthy achievements include leading Eschelon into a successful IPO in 2005 and increasing its revenue from a meager $30 million to $350 million. Although Securus biggest competitor is Global Link, it has a more diversified range of products and services. Securus’ CEO initiated a program to train specialists and contributed significantly to the development of the world’s largest VOIP prison calling platform.Smith’s exceptional skill set allows him to control the direction of the business, make the right decisions regarding the quality of goods and services at Securus. His extensive experience in finance, IT, operations, and telecommunications distinguish him among his peers.