Richard “Rick” Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Securus Technologies Inc. is simply one of the titans of the prison technology industry. Unlike many other businessmen, he is also not just a corporate drone. Smith actually has extensive experience in the engineering field, therefore increasing his effectiveness in the technology sector. Rick Smith actually earned an Associate’s Degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology, a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo, a Master’s Degree in Mathematics from the State University of New York at Brockport, a Master’s Degree in Engineering from the State University of New York and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Rochester. Read more about Rick on Bloomberg.com.
His professional resume also shows that he is committed to his businesses through his tenures in various positions throughout several companies. He has been the President of companies like Securus Technologies and Eschelon Telecom (where he also previously served as Chief Financial Officer). Smith has also attained various other positions in both Securus Technologies and Global Crossing North America Inc. As far as board memberships are concerned, Smith is previously served on the board of Eschelon Telecom and currently serves on the board of Integra Telecom Co Ltd.
Securus Technologies Inc., the company that Rick Smith has helped achieve great success, is an innovator in prison technologies. The company specializes in various communication technologies that allow prison inmates to converse and interact with the outside world. Not only has Securus provided prisons with audio communication technology but also technologically advanced video calling systems. These types of communications are actually performed by placing calls to the Securus system or by using Securus’ innovative mobile application. According to Wikipedia
While the technologies that Securus provides have already spread to countless prisons, Rick Smith aspires to have Securus Technologies’ products in every single prison in the United States. Smith states that his reason for having this goal is not just his company’s success but also allowing prison inmates to have better access to communication with their friends and family. By examining Rick Smith’s innovation and empathy towards those who need his products, it is abundantly clear why both Rick Smith Securus have succeeded in their industry.