Richard A. Smith, also known as Rick, is the President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the Board of Securus Technologies. Securus is the leading provider of technology and services that are used by those in law enforcement and correctional facilities. The technology and services that Securus Technologies provides are used to prevent crime, solve cases, and keep the public protected. Visit Bloomberg to know more about Rick.
Securus Technologies was founded in 1986 in Dallas, Texas. Rick Smith joined the company in June 2008. Prior to joining Securus Technologies, he was the CEO of Eschelon Telecom, Inc. for nine years. During his time with Eschelon Telecom, he grew the company from a valuation of $30 million to $350 million. He also grew the company’s total annual earnings by about $80 million dollars. In 2005 his leadership led to Eschelon Telecom achieving a successful initial public offering.
As an experienced salesman and with his background in communications, Rick Smith was a natural choice to lead Securus Technologies. A large part of what Securus Technologies offers correctional facilities is a phone system that can be monitored in order to detect issues such as contraband entering the prison and prisoners discussing criminal activity in the outside world. The company also facilitates the friends and family of prisoners to contact them through the phone system. Rick Smith recently announced new technology that will enable prisons to allow people to use their own cellphones while still enabling authorities ability to monitor their calls.
Recently, Rick Smith released a portion of the many letters that Securus Technologies receives from their clients detailing their opinions of the products and services the company offers. Many of the letters describe how they were able to use what the company offers in order to detect prison contraband, uncover illegal activity of some prison employees, stop crimes from happening, and solve cases. Some of these cases would of been impossible to solve or even investigate without what Securus Technologies provides.
Rick Smith attended State University of New York at Buffalo, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering. He is also a graduate of the University of Rochester which is where he earned his MBA. In addition to leading Securus Technologies, he served as a Board Member for Eschelon Telecom, Inc., and currently serves as a Board Member for Intergra Telecom Co. Ltd.