One of the primary reasons why the management of Securus Technologies, Inc. appointed Richard ‘Rick’ Smith as its chief executive officer was his excellent track record as a topnotch executive leader for some of the largest telecom corporations in the United States. He successfully guided Global Crossing North America Inc. to financial and operational success during his tenure as the company’s vice president, chief information officer and business development director. He was on the company’s books between 1972 and 1998 before joining Eschelon Telecom Inc. as chief financial officer in 1998.
At Eschelon Telecom Inc. he further displayed his professional versatility and mastery of organizational processes by serving various roles after leaving the chief financial officer role in 2000 to serve as the company’s chief operations officer. He took up the role in 1999 and left in 2003. This period was marked by professional excellence as he also doubled as Eschelon’s president and chief executive officer; a role he held up to 2007. He oversaw the company’s launch of its IPO 2005 while the company’s value grew seven folds to $350 million within the seven years he worked at the company. In addition to his duties at Securus Technologies, Rick Smith currently serves as a member of board of directors at Integra Telecom Co. Ltd. He also held the same position from 2000 when he joined the company’s executive management ranks.
Steering Securus Technologies Towards Success
Rick Smith Securus reputation as an industry veteran with a stellar career profile is critical for the success of the company, which he not only owns but also serves as the chairman of the its board of directors. The Dallas, Texas-based telecommunication company dealing in law enforcement and public safety will benefit greatly from his keen eye for identification and acquisition of excellent talents for the company while also driving the company’s expansion agenda forward. He was instrumental in the appointment of John Bell as senior vice president in charge of sales in December 2015. He also announced the addition of Josh Conklin to the sales docket as a sales vice president. Mr. Smith believes the two will transform and realign the company’s operations to emerging trends while also retaining the existing markets. Such strategies will be supported by the company’s expansion initiatives, which involve acquisition of strategically positioned companies such as JPay.
Richard ‘Rick’ Smith has a strong academic background in engineering, which has played a crucial role in his career decisions and excellent track record in managing telecommunication companies. He is an alumnus of State University of New York where he graduated with a Master’s degree in Engineering after previously receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the same university. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Rochester. He was also awarded an associate degree from Rochester Institute of Technology. Read more articles at Fox34.com.