Richard ‘Rick’ Smith is the owner and Chief Operating Officer of SECURUS Technologies. The company is a leading supplier of communications technology for the corrections community. The board of directors of SECURUS Technologies, Inc. voted to make Rick Smith its new CEO effective in July, 2008. Smith was selected to take over leadership of the company because of his excellent background, years of experience in the telecommunications industry, invaluable skill set and impressive track record in leading a number of different companies to long-term success.
Smith has bachelors in electrical engineering and a master’s in mathematics from the State University of New York. He also has an MBA from the University of Rochester. Plus Smith has a great deal of experience working in business development, information technology, operations and finance. For almost 10 years Richard Smith was with Eschelon Telecom serving as COO, CRO, CEO and director. During his time there he helped their revenue to grow from about $30 million to in excess of $350 million. In the summer of 2005 he helped Eschelon Telecom through a very successful initial public offering while taking the company public. Read more on PRNewsWire.com.
He has also held a variety of positions at Frontier Corporation in several divisions including, IT, business development and finance. He was also one of the company’s vice presidents. Richard Smith’s educational background and more than 20 years of experience in building businesses made him a good choice to take over at Securus Technologies. Plus Smith’s passion, determination, broad areas of expertise and leadership skills made him a perfect fit for the company at that time in the development, the board of directors of Securus Technologies felt.
Since he came on board as company CEO in July of 2008, Richard Smith has proven that the company’s faith in him was well justified. Smith has kept Securus Technologies on an upward trajectory and helped it to maintain and improve its position as a leading provider of technology and other products that are vital for the smooth running of over 2,450 corrections, law enforcement and public safety agencies in North America. Under Rick Smith’s leadership the company has continued to add new facilities as well as update the technologies and products they offer and continue to create new ones.
Smith’s competence, expertise and understanding of communications technology as well as the new procedures and innovative initiatives he instituted has made the company more valuable and responsive to the needs of its customer base. Rick Smith’s relentless work providing SECURUS customers with superior service has helped to make the company even more focused and formidable. From its headquarters in the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas, Securus Technologies sets the standard for inmate communications technology nationwide.