Rick Smith is the president and CEO of Securus Technologies, a leading provider of prison technologies. Smith joined the company in 2008, and since then, the renowned innovator and tech expert has revolutionized the inmate communications industry. Under his command, the company has provided technologies that protect the society as well as solving social crimes.Smith has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the State University of New York. He later earned his master’s degree in engineering from the same institution. Later, he was awarded an associate degree in applied science in electrical engineering from the University of Rochester. Before joining Securus Technologies, Rick Smith worked at Eschelon Telecom Inc., where he held several managerial positions including COO, chief financial officer and finally he served as the president. He served as the president of Eschelon until 2003 when he was elevated to serve as the chief executive officer. Rick Smith also served as the vice president of financial management at Frontier Corporation.Smith also worked at Midwest Telephone Operations where he served as the president. Rick was appointed to the board of Securus in 2008, and a year later, he was chosen to become the chairman of the institution. At Securus, Smith is committed to providing technologies, which improve prison facilities. He has brought technologies that keep inmates in touch with the outside world. Over the years, he has helped Securus grow to become the leading firm in prison technology provision industry.
Securus Acquires JPay Inc.
In 2015, Securus Technologies purchased JPay, a leading technology firm that specialized in the development of entertainment and educational apps as well as electronic payment systems. At the time of purchase, the firm operated in more than 33 federal and state correctional facilities. The deal strengthened Securus Technologies as the fastest growing organization in the prison technology provision segment.Rick Smith stated that the deal would help Securus Technologies in the provision of prisoners’ tablets, emails, and video as well as ease payments. The CEO also explained how the deal would assist them to obtain equity funding and approvals from relevant regulatory authorities. After the merge, Smith assumed the role of running the company as Securus Technologies’ wholly owned subsidiary.
Rick Smith’s Comments on Positive Emails
Recently, Securus Technologies received thousands of emails and letters from their clients. In the letters and emails, the customers were praising the firm for their efforts in making incarceration experience safer and better.Commenting on the letters and emails, Rick Smith stated that the firm releases product and service proposals at least once a week to assist correctional facilities and law enforcement in solving as well as preventing social problems. He further stated that the emails are a manifestation of their efforts in building a safer community. The prominent CEO also stated that honoring and protecting the community is part of Securus Technologies DNA.