To understand how Securus became the leading company in the prison technology industry, you would first have to understand its leadership. Besides, no company can succeed if it does not have the right leaders. For Securus, that person is Richard. A. Smith.
- A. Smith, or as commonly known by his peers, Rick Smith is the CEO and chairman of Securus. He joined the company in the year 2008 and was made CEO. A few years on, due to his achievements in the company, the board of directors decided to appoint him to be the Chairman.
It is not only in Securus where Rick Smith has gone and turned things around. He is known to have helped ESchelon Inc. improve its revenues from $30 to $350 in the 9 years that he was working for the company. He joined the company in the year 1998 as the Chief Financial Officer. One year later he was promoted to Chief Operations Officer. The following year, his bosses felt that he would do great things as the president of the company so they awarded him the position. His promotions didn’t end there as three years later he was again promoted to be the CEO of the company, a position that he assumed until the year 2007 when he left the company.
Prior to joining Eschelon, Rick Smith worked for Frontier Corp, formerly known as Global Crossing. He was with the company since the year 1972 to the year 1998. During those years he rose through the ranks from controller to become vice president of financial planning. Before becoming the VP of financial planning, Rick Smith held other positions including head of IT, director of marketing development, director of Midwest telephone operations and Chief Information Officer.His impressive career background, particularly in the technology industry, is what made Rick Smith the perfect candidate for the CEO of Securus position. But, that is not all that made him the excellent choice. His education background also had something to do with his being appointed.
Rick Smith holds an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Electrical Engineering, which he obtained from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree which he obtained from the New York based State University. Other than that, Rick Smith holds two masters degrees. One is in Mathematics, obtained from the Brockport based State University. The other master’s degree is in Business Administration and was acquired from the University of Rochester.With the knowledge obtained from both education and career experiences, Rick Smith has been able to get Securus to a point where it develops two technology products every two weeks.