A. Smith, aka Rick Smith is one of the most passionate men about the prison technology industry. He has a career, in the technology industry, spanning over 4 decades. He is one of the meticulous men where the industry is concerned and this has built him a global reputation as being the best man in the industry. Rick Smith is a very learned professional, whose educational background has worked to getting him to where he is today. He holds an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is also a graduate of the Buffalo’s State University of New York, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. In addition, CEO Smith holds two Master’s Degrees; one in Business Administration from University of Rochester’s Simon School and the other in Mathematics from Brockport’s State University of New York.
His education background paved way for him to quickly rise in the corporate world. He started out in Global Crossing, which was at the time known as Frontier Corp. Rick Smith was with the company from the year 1972 to the year 1998. Initially, he was employed as the controller, but by the end of his tenure he had risen to top levels of the company’s management. Towards the end of his tenure at Frontier Corp, Rick Smith was appointed as the Vice President of Financial Management.
When Rick Smith left Frontier Corp, he joined Eschelon Telecom Inc. as the Chief Financial Officer. A year later, he was promoted to serve as the Chief Operations Officers. In the year 2000, he also received another promotion that made him the President of the company. Another three years and he was appointed CEO. During his times at Eschelon, he managed to grow the company’s revenues from $30 million to over $350 million. He also successfully led the company into a profitable IPO, in the year 2005.
In the year 2007, Rick Smith left Eschelon. The following year he joined Securus as its CEO and President. This was after the then chairman of the board suggested him as the best fit for the job. In the year 2009, he was again appointed by the board to serve as its chairman.
For the 15 years that Rick Smith has been working in Securus Technologies, the company has grown to be the leader in its industry. Not only has he managed to reduce the price of their products, but has also managed to increase the value of the products. He has invested hundreds of millions to innovation of new technological packages that makes the life of prisoners easier.