Richard A. Smith a revered telecommunication expert and business leader who currently acts as the CEO of Securus Technologies. He has been holding the office since June 23, 2008. Before joining the company, Smith had been hired by different corporations. He worked at Eschelon Telecom Inc. as from 1998 when the firm hired him as the chief financial offer. In 1999, Rick was promoted to be the COO and later became the president as from 2000 to 2003. He also held the CEO position at the firm as from 2003 to 2007.Before being hired by Eschelon, Smith was an employee of Frontier Corporation. The business’ name has been changed, and it is currently called Global Crossing. He joined the company in 1972 and served it until October 1998. Frontier offered him several positions during the five years, and they include vice president of Midwest telephone operations, vice president of financial management, and president of Frontier information technologies, and many others. His last role at the company was acting as the vice president of financial management.
Smith was appointed to serve as Securus Technologies’ chairperson in 2009. His has been an excellent administrator at the enterprise and has led it to become one of top telecommunication services providers in the prisons industry. Richard’s outstanding academic qualifications have significantly contributed to his career success. He studied at the University of New York at Buffalo where he was awarded a degree in electrical engineering. Smith later pursued an associate degree in electrical engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He holds master’s degree in mathematics and business administration from the State University of New York and the University of Rochester.The experience that Rick Smith has gained in the telecommunications sector makes him a highly resourceful individual. The companies that he served before joining Securus Technologies offered him skills in business development, IT, finance, operations, and many other disciplines.
During his tenure as Eschelon Telecom’s CEO, the revenue of the firm increase from $30 million to more than $350 million. He also assisted the enterprise in growing its EBITDA to about $80 million. He Smith was the head of the telecommunications firm when it held its IPO in 2005.Smith has been using excellent strategies in the administration of Securus Technologies. Under his leadership, the company has managed to develop top-notch technologies that have simplified operations in the prisons industry. The company currently boasts of a wide patent portfolio of the products that it has developed. Securus Technologies has grown to serve more than 3450 correctional institutions that are located in the Canada and the United States. The firm has also committed more than $600 million to creating new technologies.