When you google the word Securus, you will find that most search result are accompanied by the name Rick. A. Smith. This is because he is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of the company. He is one of the best leaders that there is in the inmate information technology industry. Smith is not afraid to say what he thinks. He ensures that his team is in cohesion so that at all times, the company is far ahead of its competitors. If he feels that a certain company is letting the industry down, he is not afraid to shame them. This is because he and his company genuinely cares about the customers who are served by this industry. He simply says it as it is. He knows that his company is doing tight by the clients, so he simply tries to get others to do the same.
Rick’s passion for the correctional technology began back in the year 1993. Since then, he has been using Securus to deliver cut-throat technology for correctional facilities. This way, he has been of great impact in the prevention of crime. Also, his technology has helped to find evidence to convict criminals. Other than that, he has helped many people afford to keep in touch with families and friends who are behind bars. Especially, with the video visitation technology, He has helped more inmates get involved in their families’ daily lives while increasing the number of times they get to be visited by their loved ones.
Rick Smith has a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience, from the Harvard University. Being the genius he is, he graduated Magna Cum Laude, prior to joining the University of Leuven where he acquired his master’s degree in International Finance. Rick also holds a master’s degree in Business Administration, from the University of Chicago.
Rick Smith Securus makes a great CEO due to his great strategies that are inspired by his career experiences. From the year 1972 to the year 1998, he worked for Global Crossing, then known as the Frontier Corporation Inc. During his tenure, he assumed positions of Controller, Chief Information Officer, President of IT, VP of Midwest Telephone Operations, and Director of New Plants Operations. In the final year, serving at this company, he was promoted to VP of Financial Management and the Director of Business Development. Read more on Crunchbase.com
When Rick left Frontier, he joined Eschelon Telecom Inc. He was employed as the Chief Financial Officer. A year later, he received more responsibilities and was made Chief Operation Officer. A year later saw him become president of the company and three years down the line, he was promoted to CEO. He served in this capacity until 2007. The following year he joined Securus.
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