The Ever-Soaring Career of Richard A. Smith

Mr. Richard A. Smith is the current CEO and President of Securus Technologies, a position he holds since June 23, 2008. Securus Technologies is based in Texas and specializes in providing technologies used to protect society. It offers services to police departments and correctional facilities across the US and Canada. The company introduced biometric technology for prison management, a move that was perceived to be a wise move because law enforcement and security agencies have increased their interest in biometric technology. Presently, the company offers civil and criminal justice technology aimed at solving and preventing crimes. Richard has been vital in the expansion of Securus Technologies with his leadership skills, rich experience and focus on business excellence.

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Career

Before joining Technologies, Mr. Smith worked at Echelon Telecom Inc. from 1998 to 2007, where he served in several positions. He started as Chief Operating Officer from March 1999 to July 2003 then moved to President from April 2000 to August 2003 and finally to Chief Executive Officer from August 2003 to August 2007.While there, Smith grew the revenue tremendously from approximately $30 million to about $350 million. In the summer of 2005, he successfully led Eschelon to an IPO. Prior to joining Echelon Telecom Inc., he also worked in other technology firms such Frontier Corp., now Global Crossing, Frontier Information Technologies, and Midwest Telephone Operations. Richard holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Rochester’s Simon School, a Masters in Mathematics from the State University of New York at Brockport and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York, Buffalo.

Board Memberships

Rick Smith is currently a Board member at Integra Telecom Co Ltd. He has been the Chairman of Securus Technologies, Inc. since January 2009 and has been the Director since June 2008. He was also a Director at Eschelon Telecom Inc. since July 2000.

Mr. Richard A. Smith is undoubtedly a brilliant leader and manager. He has been instrumental in moving Securus Technologies to be a world leader in the providing technology solutions to the correctional facilities institutions. Through his innovation initiatives, prisoners now use Securus technology services to contact their family and friends. Richard is focused on achieving the company’s goals, and his hard work has clearly borne fruits.

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