Offering communication and technology services to correctional facilities is big business. Inmates too need to communicate with friends and loved ones, and the government allows them at least that much. Several companies have dominated this industry, with Securus Technologies ranking among the leading ones.
About Securus Technologies
Securus Technologies is a leading communication and technology solutions company that specializes with correctional facilities. The company is based in Texas and has been in the industry for over three decades now.Securus is said to have invested over $600 million to reach to where it is today. It is popular with correctional facilities because of its advanced technology. Its main function is helping to detect and deter crime in correctional facilities. However, most of its business consists of providing communication services between prisoners and their loved ones—this consists of video and phone visitations.
Rick Smith and the Success of Securus Technologies,Securus has not always been so popular and successful. It rose to the top in 2007 after signing more contracts with correctional facilities in many parts of the country. Its rise to success is partly attributed to great leadership, which overlaps with the moment its current CEO Rick Smith joined the company. Rick Smith has been in charge of the company’s biggest affairs since he joined in 2008. He has mostly been credited for upgrading the company’s technology department.Today, Securus Technologies has expanded beyond the borders of Texas and has a presence in 45 states across the U.S. It has signed contracts with over 2,500 correction facilities, and in total it serves over 1 million inmates. And, thanks to its new advanced call center, it is expected to appeal to more correction facilities in the near future.
Who Exactly is Rick Smith?
Rick Smith is the current CEO of Securus Technologies, one of the leading companies offering communication and technology services to prisoners. He has been the CEO since 2008, and he has mostly been credited for the company’s growth.Rick Smith has been in the prison technologies industry for a long time. He had worked for two prominent companies in before joining Securus Technologies. He joined Frontier Corp (now known as Global Crossing) in 1992 where he rose up the ranks to the position of VP of financial management. He left the company in 1997 and joined Eschelon Telecom Inc. in 1998. Here too he worked up the ranks and eventually became the company’s president in 2000 and it’s CEO in 2003. He also currently holds a seat on the board of telecommunications giant Integra Telecom Co Ltd.Rick Smith attended the State University of New York where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical engineering. He also holds a Masters in Mathematics from the State University of New York at Brockport as well as an MBA from the University of Rochester’s Simon School.