Securus Technologies is Being Led Into the Future by CEO Rick Smith

Appointed CEO in 2008, Richard A Smith’s technological abilities are taking the company into the future. The CEO previously served as President of Eschelon Telecom Inc. His appointment at Securus was due to his expertise and dedication in his field.

Securus, a for-profit company, continues to be a leader in creating the use of video calls in prisons. The use of video calls allows inmates to have contact with visitors. Instead of the former face-to-face visits these calls save prisons money, improve the overall safety and allows for a wider range of inmates to have communication with outsiders. Another technological advancement is Securus’s use of biometric technology. Using this technology makes it easier to identify inmates as well as to allow for a more efficient way of managing inmates. Read more about Rick on Bloomberg.com.

Under the leadership of Richard Smith, the company has invested more than $600 million dollars into various technologies and new patents – all, within three years. Richard was awarded his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering which he completed at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He then transferred to the University of Rochester’s Simon School where he earned his MBA. He also earned a Masters in Mathematics from the State University of New York at Brockport.

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During his nine years as CEO of Eschelon Telecom, Inc. he successfully grew the company’s revenue from approximately $30 million to some $350 million. This led Eschelon to a successful IPO in the summer of 2005. Richard accomplished this with his outstanding background, set of skills and breadth of experience and impressive track record. His valuable experience base in telecom, his series of positions in a wide variety of disciplines, particularly during his employment at Frontier corporation, prepared him for overall operations including finance, IT, business development among others.

As CEO, Rick Smith Securus has demonstrated his experience, focus and drive. This has contributed to him moving the company forward. This has resulted in making the company the undisputed leader in the corrections industry in regards to quality products and services. The company, located in Dallas, in in the best of hands as Rick Smith oversees the services for more than 1,000,000 inmates and 2,600 corrections, law enforcement and public safety agencies in North America.

George Soros, Philanthropist and Much, Much More

According to Forbes, George Soros is the number 10 highest earning hedge fund manager in the world. He is the 19th richest man in the world. He has stated recently that he will invest and support refugees arriving in Europe with five hundred million dollars’ worth of investments in new companies that are started by refugees. George Soros is a man who puts his money where his heart is, and his heart has always been with the downtrodden and forgotten people in the world.

He had donated three million dollars to a political action committee that wanted to help Hispanic voters to mobilize and get out the vote. Because of his upbringing, Mr. Soros has a reason for helping the poor, the destitute, and the refugees of bad times and political management.

He was a refugee, himself. He left Budapest in war-torn, Nazi-occupied Hungary when he was but a child. His father colluded with others to hide the fact that they were Jewish, and they made their way into hiding until the Nazis were no more. He left Hungary in 1947 and went to the United Kingdom, where he went to school and studied economics. Shortly after graduation from college, Mr. Soros was on his way to becoming an investor to be reckoned with. Read more on Snopes about George Soros

According to Discover the Networks, George Soros is one of the most politically powerful individuals in the world. It is said that George Soros has toppled governments and is now the most politically influential man in the United States.

The Discover the Networks article says that George Soros considers himself a savior, as it were, of the poor and the unguided. Read more about George’s life story at biography.com.

Indeed, Mr. Soros has given to more charities, and donated more to charities, than any person in the world, living or dead. He had given to groups to help topple the communist regimes in Eastern Europe, and has with those countries trying to come to terms with their new ideals of democracy and liberty after the collapse of the Soviet Union. George Soros, like we said, and as was stated in Forbes, does not mess around with saying something: he actually does something about it.

He has started charities, and then donated tens of millions of dollars to the charities. Yes, George Soros may be disliked by some, and feared by others. But, Mr. Soros has their undying respect and admiration for being a true leader and a man of his times.

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Telecom Mergers Are Increasing The Need For Government Regulations

Shaygan Kheradpir has been part of the communication industry for the last 28 years. After earning three degrees from Cornell University, Shaygan Kheradpir on forbes was hired by GTE Laboratories. When GTE merged with Bell Atlantic, Verizon Communications was born, and Kheradpir became the company’s first CIO/CTO. Shaygan was responsible for helping introduce Verizon One as well as implementing other groundbreaking technologies for Verizon.

Mr. Kheradpir is currently the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Coriant, an optical network vendor. Shaygan Kheradpir believes there is a distinct link between the recent telecom mergers and a need for net neutrality regulations. The big telecom providers like mergers but they don’t like government regulations. The oppose is true for consumer groups and content providers. Those groups want more government regulations and fewer mergers, according to Kheradpir.

History shows that consumers are better served when the government limits the number of mergers in a particular industry. Kheradpir said when the government limits mergers there is less need for regulations. Competition is the best way to ensure fair prices for the content they want. But when powerful firms get together competition is crushed or eliminated, and that gives those big companies a license to steal, according to Mr. Kheradpir. Industry analysts were overjoyed when the Government stepped in and stopped the Comcast/Time Warner merger. But the joy didn’t last long.

A few months later the Government approved the merger between AT&T and DirecTV. Kheradpir said that was just the beginning. Charter wants to merge with Time Warner Cable, and Dish TV plans to acquire T-Mobile. In 2011, Comcast purchased NBC Universal, and that changed the nature of the industry. That merger presented issues for Netflix because they had a special deal with Comcast for high-speed access to Netflix programming, but now that the merger is reality Comcast favors its own content and discriminates against other programming.

The Comcast/ Netflix situations is a good example of why the industry needs net neutrality. If all cable TV and Internet distributors were content-neutral, government regulation of net neutrality could be obsolete. The sad news is at least two of the mergers are going to undermine net neutrality. DirecTV controls a large segment of sports programming content, and so does Time Warner. John Malone, the owner of the Atlanta Braves, sits on the board of Charter, and he has a direct interest in companies that control programming content like Lionsgate and Liberty Media, according to Kheradpir. Kheradpir said that Malone and Liberty Media own 27 percent of Charter.

There are other concerns with all the merger activity. Kheradpir said even if some distributors are content-neutral, the power they have over access restricts diversity and makes new programming harder to receive. If one giant company controlled the video and Internet programming that company could charge whatever they wanted. Consumers win when there are choices. Mergers take choices and diversity away from consumers, but they do put more money into the pockets of stockholders.

The current mergers will not create a monopoly, but they will cost consumers more money, and they will not get as many choices.

Man Flies Half Way Around World to Save a Stranger

The family of 7-year-old Priya Shah are singing praises about a man they have never met. Priya, a bright young girl, suffers from thalassemia, which is a blood disorder that does not allow the proper amounts of a needed enzyme in the cells. This has left Priya in such bad shape that she has had to drop out of school. However a stranger has helped to save her life.

Gopal Vachhani is a 44-year-old who has been living in Dubai. Gopal has been on the registered donor list since 2013. Through the donor list, it was found that Gopal and Priya have been matched as unrelated donors. Even more than that, Gopal was a perfect match for the girl. Priya’s doctors reached out to the man and asked if he would be willing to help save her life. Gopal did not hesitate.

Priya’s family are eternally grateful for Gopal’s generous donation. People at Amen Clinic (washingtonpost.com) know that the family can’t wait to meet the man, however the rules of the donation say that the pair have to wait a full year after the transplant before meeting. However, the families already feel the bond that they have with each other.

For the full story on the two, check it out on Times of India Online.

Man Shows Compassion for Woman who Killed his Wife

Jordan Byelich’s 35-year-old wife Jill Byelich was out for a bike ride when she was hit by a distracted driver. Jill, who was a mother to two children, died from her injuries. Jill was wearing protective gear, however 23-year-old Mitzi Nelson was looking at her cell phone, not the road, when she struck the mother of two.

At the end of Mitzi’s trial, Jordan came face-to-face with the woman who left him to raise two children as a single father. However, instead of taking his anger out on the young adult, he instead did something surprising- he hugged her. Jordan said that he did not plan the moment but the urge struck him when he saw her. He knew that not only was his family suffering, but her family was as well. Jordan knew that the compassion he was feeling was the compassion he knew that his late wife would have shown to the girl.

Bruce Levenson (wikipedia.org) agrees that, while things can never go back to normal, Jordan is hoping that he can move on from the incident and raise his children like his wife would have wanted.

For the full story on the accident and Mitzi’s sentencing, check it out on The NY Daily News.