Rick Smith is the CEO and chairman of Securus Technologies, a position he has held since 2008. When he was appointed to head the company, many people believed he was the best candidate for the job, and sure enough, he has proved to be the best. His experience, self-drive and focus has enabled him to steer the company forward making it the leading provider of inmate technologies in North America. Rick has an unprecedented track record. Smith draws his experience from working in various departments including finance, technology, business development, operations, and telecommunications.
Everybody cannot achieve these significant milestones. One needs a solid education background, and so do Smith. He graduated with an undergraduate bachelor degree in engineering from the State University of New York, Buffalo College and also holds a master’s degree in engineering from the same institution. To beef up his knowledge in the business world, he joined the University of Rochester where he graduated with an MBA. The celebrated corporate executive was also awarded associate’s degree from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Rick Smith began his career at Global Crossings North Americ Inc., where he served as the chief information officer. He later joined Frontier Information Technologies as the president before working for Midwest Telephone Operations as the VP. He also held senior managerial positions at Network Plant Operations, Eschelon Telecom Inc, where he raised the firm’s revenue from $30 million to over $ 350 million.
Smith’s Comments on Consumers’ Feedback
Recently, Securus Technologies published thousands of letters and emails, which had been received from various clients across North America. In the letters, consumers lauded the company for their unmatched service delivery. Commenting on these emails and letters, Rick Smith indicated that receiving such a warm respect from clients is a manifestation of the firm commitment towards helping to keep the community and inmates safe. He further assured their customers that ensuring safety is part of the company’s DNA and the business will remain in its line of ensuring the community is honored and protected.
Merging with JPay
In April 2015, Securus Technologies, the leading provider of prison technology in North America agreed to a Stock Purchase Agreement with JPay Inc., a leading technology company known for introducing email, educational and entertainment apps and electronic payment systems in the correctional industry. At the time of the merger, JPay operated in 33 state correctional systems.
Statement from the Two CEOs
In a statement, Securus Technologies’ CEO stated that the merger allows Securus Technologies to do anything that the correctional facilities demanded regarding technology, software and modernizing incarceration experience. He also said that the merger eliminates any doubt about who is the best in the inmate technology industry insisting that nobody could beat Securus Technologies. On his side, JPay CEO, Ryan Shapiro stated that the merger would help families and friends reach inmates. He also said that with support from Securus, the industry would be quickly transformed.
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