Rick Smith is Securus Technologies CEO. He took the position in 2008. Smith is seen as the ideal choice to head the company because of his solid background and vast experience. He is valued as someone with an impressive track record of quality work and the right skill set to move the company forward to become the undisputed leader when it comes to providing communications systems for the prison community. Smith has many years of experience working in telecommunications, business development, IT and finance with the Frontier Corporation. He also spent 9 years as CEO of Eschelon Telecom, Inc. growing the company’s revenue from $30 million to $350 million.
Rick Smith has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, a masters in mathematics and an MBA. He also has many years of experience leading several different companies to prominence. Since joining Securus Technologies almost 10 years ago, he has helped the company to grow from a midsized inmate telecommunications firm to being a major player in providing communications technology for law enforcement, public safety, monitoring, investigations, emergency services companies as well as the corrections community. With the guidance of Rick Smith as CEO and chairman, Securus Technologies has enjoyed exceptional financial and operational growth and success through acquisitions and the dedication and hard work of the staff. .
Recently, Rick Smith was honored with a silver medal for Executive of the Year from the Stevie Awards, an annual business awards program. Smith said he’s ‘humbled to be chosen’ and felt the award also recognizes the work of the entire Securus Technologies team. He said through their work America is now a safer place. The Dallas, Texas based company provides the cutting-edge technologies that facilitate biometric analysis, information management and communication services for 1.2 million inmates and over 3,450 corrections, law enforcement and public safety agencies in North America and more information click here.
A graduate of the University of Rochester and the State University of New York, Rick Smith has guided Securus Technologies through their acquisition of Guarded Exchange, LLC, Cara Clinicals, Inc. and several other entities. Under his leadership the company has not only become a business that provides high-tech, diversified, government services, but has made a commitment to ethical business dealings. In 2012 the company issued the Securus Integrity Pledge that listed controls to ensure they use the highest level of integrity possible in their operations and what Rick Smith knows.
Smith explained that over the last 5 years Securus Technologies has invested $670 million to improve their technologies, patents and partnerships. Smith said the company also has a significant social responsibility to help provide safer prisons and jails, improve inmate education, create recidivism reduction tools and lower inmate phone call rates to facilitate better communications with their loved ones and his Linkedin.