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Richard ‘Rick’ Smith: A Seasoned Company Executive

The appointment of Richard ‘Rick’ Smith as the chief executive officer of Securus Technologies, Inc. in 2008 marked a significant step towards organizational success. This is because he brings an unrivalled breath of experience as a successful company executive who guided large corporations to significant operational and financial success. His excellent executive management background and skill set will drive the telecommunication company specializing in public safety and law enforcement based in Dallas, Texas to significant success. His extensive experience and track record holding such executive positions in his previous professional career played a key role in his appointment.

Career History

Before joining the leadership of Securus Technologies, Inc, Rick Smith has already carved a name for himself as one of leading company executives especially in the telecoms industry. He spent a significant part of his professional career working at Global Crossing North America Inc., previously known as Frontier Corp where he held between 1972 and 1998. At the company, he held several executive and top management positions including serving as the company’s vice president in charge of the company’s financial management docket, business development director and chief information officer among others.

Upon leaving the company, Rick Smith joined Eschelon Telecom Inc. in 1998 where his management acumen saw him excel in various positions he held. He served as the company’s chief financial officer up to 2000 before serving as the chief operating officer between 1999 and 2003. His role overlapped with his previous position at the finance docket; an indication of his professional versatility. He also doubled up as the company’s president and chief operations officer between 2000 and 2003. Before leaving the company in 2007, he was appointed as the chief executive officer in 2003. He left a stellar track record at company having helped the company launch a successful initial public offer (IPO) in 2005 and increasing the company’s value from to $350 million up from $50 million when he joined. He previously served on the board of directors at Eschelon Technologies Inc. from 2000 while he is currently serving in the same position at Integra Telecom Co. Ltd. Visit LinkedIn and follow Rick’s profile.

Management Policy

As the president, owner and board of directors’ chairman at Securus Technolgies, inc, Rick Smith has pursued an expansionist business strategy marked by acquisitions and spotting of talented and visionary leaders to add to the management team. The acquisitions such as that of JPay are strategic because it will help the company improve its footprints within the public safety and law enforcement industry. Read more on

Academic Background

Rick Smith holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering from State University of New York as well as Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Rochester. He got his first engineering degree, a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from State University of New York’s Buffalo Campus. He is also holds an associate’s degree from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Why Thor Halvorssen Goes Far

Thor Halvorssen has managed to go very far in his life because he has found something that he is very passionate about. His passion is human rights. Thor has found himself to be so passionate about human rights that he has started his own company called Human Rights Foundation. This is where he is able to not only look at the different issues of human rights violations, but also look for ways to bring these violations to the light. However, Thor is not going to stop there with his campaign for a more global world of equality. He is going a lot further than other human rights activists.

Where other human rights activists do little more than talk about the issues, Thor Halvorssen gets even more involved in the issue.  Huffinton Post describes how he himself has taken physical beatings for the cause. He has chalked it up to being all in a days work. His philosophy is that if he is not willing to roll up his sleeves and get dirty, then he is not going to be very effective as a human rights activist. Therefore, he has decided that he is willing to lay down his life if need be for the cause.

One of the reasons that he is so passionate about human rights violations is that he has been one of those that have been victimized. In fact, his family is full of victimization as a result of the fight for more honest and humane government. Therefore, he has taken to heart all that has happened to him and his family and has decided that he is going to give people the assistance that he himself has wanted. Thor is gaining a lot of trust and respect as a human rights activist. Unlike other prominent activists, he is one that is being taken seriously.

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