Rick Smith, CEO of Securus, took on his position with the company in 2008. When Rick Falcone, Chairman and CEO prior to Smith made this announcement, he also announced that a recent merger with two other communications companies were going to propel them to greater success. The merger took place with T-Netix and Evercom, two companies that are recognized for their leadership in the communications industry within the corrections marketplace. While many companies have been vying for a spot in the corrections marketplace, only a handful have become wildly successful.
Smith was handed a great opportunity with the mergers, as well as strategies that were continue the great service that the company offered their customers. The core of the strategy that Securus had put into place was to work hard at the most innovative tools and resources that are being used in communications companies today. This alone helped Securus to become one of the most highly regarded companies of its time. Rick Smith was selected for this reason, in an attempt to ensure that the next individual placed into this leadership role would continue their tradition of success in the industry. Read more on Wikipedia.Org
Smith’s skills that he used prior to this announcement were ideal for his placement with the company. His leadership and interpersonal skills made Smith a favorite for the company. Smith’s track record of success along with his experience and his vast knowledge of how to take more innovative communications tools into the Corrections Marketplace have aided the drive behind his work with Securus.
With a rich base in telecommunications, Rick Smith knew what was necessary to build upon and enhance the efforts made by Falcone prior to his arrival in 2008. Smith held roles in finance, operations, business development and even IT prior to moving into the position at Securus Technologies. One of his prior employers, Eschelon Telecom, where he acted as CEO, he was able to grow the company by millions of dollars. With his hard work and determination, Smith led the company to their most successful IPO yet as of 2005. Additionally, as CEO of EBITDA, he grew the company to around $80 million.
Smith has undoubtedly changed the way that CEO’s are viewed by their counterparts, and education plays an important role in this. A degree in mathematics as well as electrical engineering are absolutely critical to why Smith has massive success in his career with Securus Technologies and previous companies. Visit LinkedIn and follow Rick’s profile.