Rick Smith is the current CEO of Securus Technologies, a leading telecommunications firm that offers correctional services to state prison facilities. Mr. Smith joined the company in 2008, and currently manages over 3400 correctional facilities and some 1.2 million inmates. Securus offers a wide array of services such as; tracking of parolees, government information, detainee communications through emails, and pay phones. Securus is the largest provider of technological solutions for correctional institutions.
In 2015, Rick Smith acquired JPay through their definitive stock. JPay has been offering email, online payments, entertainment, and educational platforms to over 33 penitentiaries. Rick Smith says that this merger would provide state of the art technologies to produce groundbreaking tools and platforms to run correctional spaces smoothly. Follow Rick at LinkedIn.com.
Before joining Securus, Rick Smith worked with Eschelon Telecom Inc. Mr. Smith was appointed Echelons’ president in 2003-2007. Previously, he was the chief operating officer and chief financial officer from 1998-2003. Mr. Smith worked for Global Crossing for 26 years, where he held various posts including being the president, chief information officer, and controller from 1972-1998.
Rick Smith has worked in several other leading organizations. He was the president of Frontier Technologies and Midwest Telephone Operations. He is a board member of Integra Co Ltd and Eschelon Telecom Inc.
Smith has partnered with several leading and competing service providers to cast their net wider in being the largest communications provider for detainees. In 2016, Rick Smith brokered a partnership with Harris Corporation in a bid to secure exclusive distribution of contraband defender products. This product, according to Rick Smith will help prison administrators manage and control contraband cell phones and any other wireless gadget. This partnership will see Securus be the sole distributor of the products to penal institutions in the USA.
Richard ” Rick ” Smith in a recent press statement in March 2017 announced that Securus was working in partnership with JobView, to enable detainees to search for jobs. Mr. Smith, as chairman of Securus, has deployed over 150,000 Smartphone devices to improve communications in prisons, an investment worth $20 million. Other investments include expansion of the prison entrepreneurship program and an increase in the number of educational programs.
In 2008 the newly appointed Securus CEO, Rick Smith successfully negotiated for lower audio and video calls. For jails, the call rates dropped from 3.25 to 2.01 per minute for audio calls. Such an accomplishment is only achievable through continuous investment in latest technology. Rick Smith’s skills and trailblazing track record has increased Securus Technologies revenue from a mere $30 million to $300 Million.
He holds a graduate degree in Bachelor of Science, electrical engineering from the University of Rochester. He has a master’s in mathematics and business administration from the University of New York, Buffalo. Read more on Crunchbase.com