Richard A. Smith, CEO of Securus Technologies Inc., is one of the most multi-talented and successful leaders in the technologies industry. Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electric Engineering from RIT, a Master’s Degree in Mathematics from SUNY Brockport, and an MBA from the University of Rochester’s Simon School. His diversity in degrees speaks to his multifaceted skill-set, which led to his promotion to CEO of Securus in 2008, by the selection of Chairman Richard Falcone. Falcone praised Rick Smith as the “ideal choice” for CEO thanks to his background in various technological fields. Visit securustechnologies.com for more info.
Mr. Smith’s resume is as impressive as his academic record. From 1972 to 1998, he worked with Frontier Corp in various roles, from Controller to Chief Information Officer to President of Information Technologies. From 1997 to 1998, he served as VP of Financial Management, demonstrating his experience in finances as well as technology. From October of 1998 to March of 2000, he worked as Chief Financial Officer of Eschelon Telecom Inc., before working as its Chief Operating Officer until 2003. He then moved up to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) from 2003 through 2007, before moving to Securus and acting as CEO beginning June 23rd, 2008.
As demonstrated by his resume, Rick Smith Securus brings not only years of experience in telecom, but also experience in finance, IT and business development. Chairman Falcone, upon promoting Rick, also points to Eschelon Telecom’s growth while Mr. Smith served as CEO, years during which the company’s revenue grew from $30 million to $350, an astonishing growth rate. More recently, since 2008, Securus has seen more contracts, employed more personnel, and developed multiple patented technologies, among other accomplishments, all with Mr. Smith acting as CEO. The growth of both Eschelon and Securus demonstrates Richard’s leadership skills and instincts. Combined with his knowledge of various fields related to technologies, as well as his business experience, he brings a multitude of skill-sets to his leadership position. Read more on glassdoor.com about Rick Smith Securus.
Richard Smith has also expressed his firm desire to be socially responsible and serve the community, particularly by ensuring the safety of all Securus products. It appears to have worked, as Mr. Smith has reported receiving thousands of letters and emails from customers who appreciate the products and service that Securus has provided. As he continues his successful career leading Securus as CEO, look for his steady hand to lead the company to further growth and technological innovation.