Richard Smith, now fondly being referred to only as Rick Smith is the man has been entrusted with the security of one of the most sensitive telecom companies. He is currently the CEO of Securus Technology, a leading service provider of detainee communications. He was appointed on June 23, 2008, and has continued to grow the company nine years later. He has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Masters in Mathematics. Furthermore, Rick Smith is an Associate of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering.
Rick Smith has had an extensive career in the telecom industry. He held the positions of Controller, Chief Information Officer and finally rising to the helm as the President of Frontier Communications. He also served at Frontier Corp from 1972 to 1998. Frontier has however since revamped and is now known as Global Crossing. The Midwest Telephone Operations was privileged to have him as the Vice President. Rick Smith then served as a director of Integra Telecom. From March 1999 to July 2007, Rick Smith was serving various positions at Eschelon Telecom Inc. He started out as the Chief Operating Officer from 1999 to 2003. He got a promotion to be the President Chief Executive officer. He held his position as president for three years, from 2000 to 2003. He, however, held the Chief Executive officer position for four years from 2003 to 2007.
With such an extensive experience in managing information, he was the right man to be entrusted with Securus Technology Inc. Securus, unlike the telecoms where Rick Smith had served before. Its services extend to solutions such as parolee tracking services. Securus is heavily involved with government entities to provide information management solutions. Securus has offered their services to at least one million inmates in America. 2,600 prison facilities in the country have taken up Securus as their telecom provider. Their services span across 45 states and on to Mexico, Canada and District of Columbia. Securus is headquartered in Dallas, Texas with four regional offices. These offices are distributed in locations at the Dallas metro area and Atlanta, Georgia.
Rick Smith took over the mantle from outgoing Securus CEO Richard Falcone at a time when Securus was newly formed from a merger. Rick Smith successfully led the transitional team that had resulted from merging T-Netix and Evercom in 2004. In 2007, Securus acquired the Syscon Justice Systems which was at the time a globally recognized firm in Offender Management Systems. Rick Smith has successfully to led Securus Technologies towards its long-term vision of growing into a recognized provider of comprehensive, innovative technical solutions in Offender Management Systems and a preferred Information Management company in government entities.