Rick Smith serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Securus Technologies, Inc. He assumed office in July 2008 and immediately started revamping and expanding the company into a leading service provider within the correctional industry. Smith has an impressive resume, excellent background, and unique skill sets. He also has a background in several fields including finance, business development, information technology, telecommunications, and operations.
Securus technologies’ headquarters are found in Dallas, Texas. The company provides a broad range of services to over 1,000,000 inmates. It also serves 2,600 correctional facilities as well as public safety and law enforcement agencies in Northern America. Some of the services offered by the company include public information, inmate self-service, biometric analysis, monitoring, communications, emergency response, incident management, and investigation.
Rick Smith’s Background
Rick Smith holds bachelors and Master’s engineering degrees from State University of New York (Buffalo) and State University of New York respectively. He later joined and graduated from the University of Rochester with an MBA.
Smith worked for Global Crossing North America Inc. from 1972 to 1998. At the company, he held several positions including Chief Information Officer. He also Frontier Information Technologies’ President, the VP of Midwest Telephone Operations, and a Director at Network Plant Operations.
In 1998, Smith joined Eschelon Telecom Inc. and served as its Chief Financial Officer. In 2000, he was promoted to company President and later became its CEO. Under his management, he increased the company’s revenue tenfold from $30 million to over $350 million annually. He led the company’s 2005 IPO and stayed on as CEO until 2007.
In June 2008, Rick Smith left Eschelon Telecommunications to join Securus Technologies. He joined Securus as company President and Chief Executive Officer. One year later, he acceded to the board as chairman.
Securus Technologies Acquires JPay Inc.
In 2015, Securus Technologies Inc. acquired JPay Inc. after making a definitive stock purchase. JPay Inc. is a leading tech firm that provides correctional facilities with innovative email, entertainment, educational, and electronics payment related apps. The acquisition allows Securus to provide high tech and software based products to correctional facilities.
JPay’ CEO Ryan Shapiro said that the company was always eager to expand its footprint. He added that his company’s products provide great value to all correctional stakeholders. He was happy to work with the entire Securus family.
Positive Emails and Letters
Rick Smith is proud of Securus Technologies because the company provides products and service development proposals every week to assist security agencies in preventing and solving crimes within their jurisdictions. Smith added that Securus continues to receive thousands of emails and letters from the public detailing customer satisfaction with their services and products. Smith reiterates Securus’ mandate to serve and protect everybody in the communities in which they operate.