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How Richard Smith Uses His Expertise To Guide Securus’ Telecommunication And Business Operatives

Richard (Rick) Smith is the brains behind Securus’ rapid growth over the last few years. Recently, Securus has earned an increase in positive reviews from inmates and families who enjoy their video call application and fast customer services. Additionally, prison staff often praise Securus’ technology that helps them in curbing ongoing criminal activities within the jail facilities. Most recently, one investigator reported that by using Securus phone tapping equipment’s, they were able to unearth a huge amount of illegal money and end a drug operation in the community. These technological advancements by Securus came after the recruitment of Rick Smith in the firm in 2008.

Rick Smith has extensive knowledge and experience in business operations and telecommunication which he earned from school and multiple jobs. He pursued an undergraduate in engineering from the State University of New York and advanced to acquire a master’s degree in the same. He earned an electrical engineering degree from Rochester University, and a master’s in business administration from the same institution.

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Rick began his career working for Global Crossing in 1972. After sixteen years of serving in various posts such as the controller, director of business development and chief information officer, he proceeded to join Midwest Operations. He was the vice president of the from between 1997 and 1998, after which he earned a promotion to be the president. In 1998, Rick became a chief financial officer at Eschelon Telecom in 1998 until 2000. He was sworn in as the chief operating officer and president in 2000 and as the chief executive officer in 2003.Under his management, Eschelon increased its revenue from $30 million to $400 million, gained a CAGR of 48 percent, an EBITDA of $80 million and made the first public offering in 2005.

In June 2008, Rick Smith joined Securus as chief executive officer and president. In January, he joined the firm’s board as chairman. Rick makes major business decisions and manages the overall direction of the company’s technological advancements. During his tenure, Securus has battled allegations against its proven technical efficiency by releasing detailed reports of their operations and setting up exhibitions for anyone interested in affirming their claims. Currently, Securus has the leading VOIP corrections calling forum and a call center manned by the firm’s technical staff and available in over 2000 facilities. Analysis indicates that the business performs 600 percent better than their competitors. Read more articles at Fox34.com.

Richard Smith is the director of Securus council of members and serves on the boards of Integra Telecom Limited and Eschelon Telecom Incorporation. He stated that his firm values the security of inmates and the community and has an undeterred dedication to providing efficient advanced communications solutions. Securus holds patents worth $600 million and investments in varied industries such as property and technology.

Thor Halvorssen the Activist

Thor Halvorssen is a human rights advocate. Thor is a Venezuelan who is also a film producer. He was born on 9th March 1979. Thor has contributions in the fields of public interest advocacy, pro-democracy advocacy, public policy, individual rights, and civil liberties. Thor Halvorssen founded the Oslo Freedom Forum which is termed as a spectacular festival for human rights. He is also the leader of the Human rights Foundation. This organization is committed to the human rights and freedom globally. Thor is the founder of Moving Picture Institute. He is the patron of Ob Own Feet which is a children’s peace movement based in Czech. He acquired NyTid which is the traditionally leftist Norwegian news magazine in May 2010.

Thor is currently producing the film adaptation of “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” together with Bryan Singer. The New York Times has praised Thor’s work. His opinions have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Time magazine, National Journal, and many others. He was born to Hilda Mendoza and Thor HalvorssenHellum. He is Cristobal Mendoza’s relative. Thor holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History which he got from the University of Pennsylvania.

Thor’s father was imprisoned for possible bank fraud and money laundering in 1993. Thor was a freshman from the University at that time. Thor led a campaign for the release of his father. He sought help from Amnesty International which joined hands with other organizations to issue protests. His father was later found innocent and released. He was appointed as a director of the Pan-American Committee of International Society for Human Rights after the release.

Thor specializes in issues regarding human trafficking, dictatorship, threats to democracy, and slavery. He lectures extensively on human rights including at the New York City Junto, Harvard Law School, and the American Enterprise Institute. Thor is the first Executive Director and CEO of FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education). Thor is known for defending people on the left and right of political spectrum. He believes that there should be liberty of speech, opinion, and expression to have a free society. He stepped down as Fire’s CEO and joined its Board of Advisors in 2004.

The University of Pennsylvania honored Thor with the Sol Feinstone Award for protecting student speech. He was also presented with a presidential silver medal on behalf of those who fought and died for freedom. Thor has advocated and lobbied for the release of Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese political prisoner.

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