How Rick Smith Of Securus Technologies Built The Best Company In His Industry

Securus Technologies is the biggest and best company in the correctional industry. They offer a huge range of products and services to prisons across North America. They started rapidly expanding what they offered in 2012 through both developing new products and services and acquiring other businesses in the industry. One of their largest and most successful acquisitions occurred in April 2015 when they bought JPay, Inc.

JPay was a company that was a leader in offering a number of services to those in the correctional industry. They specialized in helping prisons accept electronic payment. They also offered an email platform plus apps that were designed to educate and/or entertain prisoners. At the time they were acquired their products and services were being used in over 33 state prison systems around the United States. Visit Bloomberg to know more about Rick.

Richard, usually called Rick, Smith is the CEO, president, and chairman of Securus Technologies. After he orchestrated the purchase of JPay he said that he had been eying the company for a long time. He could see that the JPay team was very innovative and delivered products and services that improved the environment in prisons and reduced the odds of recidivism among its inmates. He thought the time was finally right to join the two teams together and it made the products and services his company provides even better not only technologically but as a value to his clients.

Richard Smith came to Securus Technologies after a long career in telecommunications. He attended the Rochester Institute of Technology and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. He then earned an MBA by attending Rochester University. Completing his education, Rick Smith completed a masters degree program in mathematics at the State University of New York’s Brockport campus. Read more on

For over 20 years Rick Smith worked for Frontier Corporation. He served in a number of executive level positions during his tenure with this company such as chief information officer, the president of information technology, controller, and his final role as the president of financial management.

In 1998, Rick Smith left Frontier Corporation in order to become the chief finance officer of another telecommunications company, Eschelon Telecom Inc. Just a year later he was given the role of chief financial officer and then, a year after that, he was named as the firm’s chief operating officer. In 2000 he was elevated to the president of Eschelon Telecom and in 2003 he was appointed as the chief executive officer.

Rick Smith Securus likes to tout the emails his company receives from correctional facilities because most of them are very positive in nature. The letters state how authorities in the industry use his company’s products and services to create a safer prison environment and are better able to rehabilitate criminals so that they can successfully return to society.