Richard A. Smith is a renowned electrical engineer who has earned respect in the telecommunication industry. He currently acts as the Securus Technologies CEO and has been working at the company since June 23, 2008. Before Smith was offered a position at Securus, he had held administrative offices in different corporations. He was the chief financial officer of Eschelon Telecom Inc, as from 1998. The company appointed him as the COO in 1999 and then promoted him in 2002 to become its president. In 2003, Richard was named as the CEO of the firm and held the position until 2007.Smith had worked for the Frontier Corporation before he was offered a job at Eschelon. The company is currently called Global Crossing. Richard joined it in 1972 and held different executive offices until when he left in 1998. The positions that he was offered include the president of Frontier information technologies, vice president of Midwest telephone operations, and many others. He was the vice president of financial management when he left the company.
The telecommunications expert has been serving as the chairman of Securus Technologies since 2009. His outstanding administration skills have placed the company as one of the leading technology providers in the prisons industry. Richard has remarkable the academic qualifications that have facilitated his career success. He schooled at the University of New York at Buffalo and graduated from the institution with a degree in electrical engineering. Smith also enrolled at Rochester Institute of Technology for his associate degree in electrical engineering. He completed his master’s in business administration and mathematics from the University of Rochester and the State University of New York.Rick Smith is considered as a highly resourceful person in the telecommunications sector due to the experience that he has gained in the past four decades. The corporations that he has worked for have enabled him to be skilled in IT, operations, business development, finance, and many other fields.
When he was the Eschelon Telecom CEO, the company had a record revenue growth from $30 million to over $350 million. The EBITDA of the enterprise also rose from to $80 million. In 2005, Smith led the firm to have its IPO.The current success of Securus Technologies has been facilitated by Smith’s excellent administration strategies. During his tenure as the CEO, the company has gained an outstanding reputation in the corrections industry due to the top-notch technologies that it offers. It has invented several products that have simplified service provision in prisons. Securus Technologies operates in Canada and the United States where it serves more than 3450 facilities. According to Rick Smith, more than $600 million has been invested in technology development. The firm has an excellent patent portfolio for various technologies that it has developed over the years.