Richard Smith, the Technocrat
July 28, 2017
Richard A. Smith, commonly known as Rick, is a 65-year-old American who has made a great name for himself not only in the technology industry but also the business world. He has vast knowledge that he gained from his wide school coverage. Mr. Richard Smith, the Technocrat is a holder of a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Engineering which he acquired from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He then advanced his studies to a master’s level in the State University of New York at Brockport where he did Masters in Mathematics. His thirst for more knowledge got him at Rochester’s Simon School where he did Masters in Business Administration. He is also an Associate of Applied Science in Electronic Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Owing to his firm and diverse background in education, the zealous engineer has been able to venture into various companies in the US holding senior positions. He kicked off his career in 1972 at Frontier Information Technologies where he served as the Chief Information Officer and also the Controller of Communications. Due to his hard work and professionalism, he quickly rose to the position of the Vice President of Financial Management. He held many positions at the Frontier Corp; he was the Vice President of Telephone Operations, Director, Chairman and in 1998 before leaving the company he served as the president.He joined Eschelon Telecom Inc. in October 1998, where he held the position of the Chief Financial Officer until March 2000. He was then promoted to the position of a Chief Operating Officer, a position which he apprehended from April 2000 to July 2003. Thereafter he became the C.E.O of the company from August 2003 to August 2007. Having left a record of due diligence in his work.
Mr. Smith joined Securus Technologies as the Technologies Director on 23rd June 2008. Shortly after he was promoted to the chairman and the C.E.O of the company on 25th January 2009 and still holds the position to date. He is also the current director at Integra Telecom.With Securus (the company he is heading), Mr. Smith has successfully expanded the scope of company operations. He is passionate about using his knowledge to do good to the society. This is the reason why he is struggling to the extent of even fighting court cases to ensure that the prison communication technology works efficiently. The sole purpose of the technology is to curb unlawful and illegal communication that goes on between inmates and the people outside. He has stood firmly behind this technology because he believes that technology (commonly associated with vices) can be used to fight crime and protect other inmates, guards, and people outside the prison. What a definition of patriotism!