Rick Smith is one of the most prominent names in the corrections industry. He has a large amount of experience in the fields of technology, corrections, telecommunication, finance, and business structure. This allows him to be the most effective leader for companies that is possible. He started by attending the Rochester Institute of Technology and getting an associate degree there. He then got his bachelor’s and master’s engineering degrees at the State University of New York. Rick Smith also earned an MBA from the University of Rochester’s Simon School.He broke into the business world when he became part of the Global Crossing North American Inc. team. He worked with them for over 20 years and held a number of positions during his time there. He did so well that he was continuously promoted. In 1998, he decided to spread his wings and he got a job worked as the Chief Financial Officer for Eschelon Telecom Inc. He was then promoted to President and later on became their Chief Executive Officer. He was able to make the company over $300 million in income. He also led them toward a highly successful IPO number. He proved himself to be such a key player in the telecommunications industry that he then began working at Securus in 2008. He serves as the Chief Executive Officer, President, and Chairman.
Rick Smith has been able to completely revolutionize the way the Securus is run. He is focused on releasing new products while still keeping every product and service in the highest quality possible. Rick Smith has grown Securus into one of the most prominent companies in the corrections world and they only continue to rise in popularity. They are now serving a million inmates at thousands of different corrections and law enforcement facilities. One of the ways that Rick Smith has made a name for himself is through his dedication to improving the company’s technology section. Given his background in engineering, he is very interested in keeping up with the latest technology.
It is the future of the industry and he wants to make sure Securus is well prepared to follow suit.One of the most recent ways that Rick Smith has drawn attention in the telecommunications industry is by making video calls a possibility for inmates. Corrections facilities all over the country are now installing chat cameras. This allows the inmates to see their loved ones when they were unable to come visit. It is also saving corrections facilities a lot of money because there is better security. The security improvement came from a decreased number of people coming in and out of the facility. Rick Smith continues to make improvements in Securus’ services and their quality.