In Jan 2016, Securus Technologies announced they had appointed a highly experienced sales executive to join the leadership team at the company. John Bell was appointed to serve as Senior Vice President of Sales, effective December 30, 2015. Mr. Bell was responsible for developing tech-based sales team to aggressively market the over 800 products and services offered to corrections and law enforcement institutions. This announcement was made by Securus Technologies’ Chief Executive Officer, Rick Smith, who has served at the company since mid-2008.According to Rick Smith, Securus had invested about $600 million in the development and acquisition of a range of products meant to enhance safety and security at corrections facilities. Therefore, it was necessary to add a key sales executive to bring new techniques to the company’s sales team and enable them present effectively the expanded range of products. John Bell has amassed an experience of over 30 years throughout his professional career, making him the perfect person to lead Securus’ sales team to success. He had previously worked for IBM, NNT Verio, Verizon, Time Warner Cable and AT&T. John Bell received his undergraduate degree from Holy Cross, and later joined Wharton School of Business for his postgraduate studies.
Rick Smith’s Career Life
Securus Technologies has emerged as a leader in providing tech-based services to the corrections industry in United States since Rick Smith joined the company as the CEO. Rick has a wealth of experience in operations, finance, information technology and other key business areas which have him the expertise to lead Securus. Through his excellent leadership, Rick has played critical role of transforming several organizations including Global Crossing, Eschelon Telecom and now Securus Technologies.From 1972 to 1998, Rick worked for Global Crossing, where he held several positions in the IT department. He held executive positions such as Frontier Information Technologies’ President and VP Midwest Telephone Operations. In 1998, Rick Smith left Global Crossing and joined Eschelon Telecom, where he served until 2008. Initially, he was hired as the company’s Chief Financial Officer, but later became the President and CEO. He guided the company through a successful IPO in 2005 as well as growing its revenue from $30 million to $350 million.
Rick’s Comments about Positive Emails and Letters
According to CEO Rick Smith of Securus, they receive thousands of emails and letters from clients appreciating the services provided by the company. They appreciate how Securus has continued to provide exceptional services with the aim to ensure adequate security for inmates, their families and the society in general. Reporters have used these emails to produce blogs. According to Rick Smith, the emails explain the positive steps made by Securus in ensuring incarcerations are safer and secure place to live.