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.
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.