An Overview of Rick Smith’s Leadership at Securus Technologies

The Securus Technologies specializes in correctional services such as the provision of emergency response, public information, inmate self-service, biometric analysis, incident management, product monitoring for companies, management of information, and investigation. These services are geared toward ensuring its over 3500 customer base is safe and orderly. The Securus Technology is the leader in criminal and civil justice technologies. The firm works to help public service agencies and law enforcement institutions such correctional facilities across North America in their security operations. Securus also provide tech-based solutions that help prevent crimes even those planned by people under incarceration. They install high tech devices that monitor calls from the facilities and ensure no illegal devices within the facilities. Visit Bloomberg to know more about Rick.

New Additions in Securus Technologies

Recently, the company hired new executive officers to strengthen their leadership and aid in expand their high-tech based sales team. The newly hired professionals will complement Securus’ increased service and product portfolio. The first professional to be absorbed into the team is John Bell, who ascends to the position of the senior vice president of the sales and marketing department. Having worked in IBM, the cream of high-tech solutions in the world, Mr. John comes with tremendous experience that will steer Securus to the next level. The other addition is Josh Conklin, who will directly report to Mr. Bell as the vice president of the sales and marketing. Another addition is Jon Secrest, who joins New Growth Opportunities Department as the vice chair and executive director. Dan Wigger assumes similar positions as Mr. Secrest in the Department of Managed Access Systems

Rick Smith Experience before Securus Technologies

He began his career in the Frontier Corp where he worked as the Controller,and then Chief Information Officer. He later ascended to the position of the vice president of the Financial Management team and finally the president of the company. In 1998, Mr. Rick Smith moved to Eschelon Telecom Inc., where he started as the financial officer and then got elected to the position of chief operation officer from 1999 to 2003. From 2003 to 2007, he ascended to the role of the chief executive officer and also the president of the firm. Rick Smith has been the director of Eschelon Telecom and Integra Telecom too.

Education Background

Mr. Rick holds a degree in electrical engineering from the State University of New York. He has also earned a master’s in Business Administration and an associate’s degree from Rochester Institute of Technology in electrical engineering.

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Customers’ Feedback

About customer’s satisfaction of their services, Rick explains that they have received thousands of emails and letters thanking them for their help in combating crime. Smith further comments that the company is committed to building new tech solutions that make the environment safe and encourage social responsibility towards crime and security.

Vision and Determination

Intelligent business minds recognize opportunity within the industry they are working in. There are many moving parts in a business or business market. The ability to carve out a unique niche is what separates highly successful executives from the average. John Goullet began his career as a consultant in the IT industry. Eventually John developed his own company that provided a needed service for highly trained technicians and corporate executives.

John Goullet founded Info Technologies in order to address the staffing needs within the IT industry. Finding qualified individuals to operate within technical companies is one of the major obstacles of industry growth. An organization can only expand as far as its manpower will allow it. Executives must be able to trust the people that they hire to handle delegated responsibilities. John was able to create a service that provided much-needed support in industry staffing. Info Technologies was able to match qualified craftsmen and women with the appropriate job position. The company also provided consulting on other matters which helped with organization and processing.

Info Technologies quickly grew into a powerful entity within the IT industry. After 5 years it was worth millions of dollars and had many Fortune 500 companies as clients. However, John wanted to make a greater impact in order to create more opportunity for those who helped him build the company. Info Technologies eventually merged with Diversant Inc. The new partnership who would go on to become known as Diversant LLC. Goullet was named the principal of the new organization.

John Goullet studied computer science at Urinus University. He earned a master’s degree and quickly began his ascent to the top of the IT industry. His work at diversant LLC has garnered many awards. The company continues to be the leader in staffing and consulting in the IT world. Diversant was also named as the largest African-American company in the United States. This title is a direct reflection of the innovative work that John has been able to do. His team promotes equal opportunity and diversity from its lowest ranks to the highest executive levels. It is a business model that has served as an inspiration to other companies.

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Even With New Court Ruling, Prison Calls Charges Still Go Down

A judicial stay was issued by the court to prison phone companies, halting the implementation of new and lower rate caps on phone calls made by and to inmates. However, the stay does not halt the limitation of certain ancillary fees in relation to inmate calls; therefore the overall price for prison calling goes down.

This followed after a lawsuit was filed against the Federal Communications Commission by Global Tel Link and Securus Technologies. Both companies stated that the FCC had overstepped its boundaries and that the new limits would not match the ‘site commissions’ that prison phone companies were obligated to pay under contract to correctional facilities.  In response to the new ruling, the FCC states that the court had simply declined to delay critical reforms, amongst which, include the implementation of caps and restrictions on ancillary fees.

Nevertheless, the interim caps which were set by the Federal Communications Commissions in 2013, remain as the commission states, but it only applies to calls which are made across the state lines. The FCC had also very recently voted inmate calling rates that imposed lower rate caps on interstate calls and new rate caps on intrastate calls. With these rate caps, the FCC claims that in extreme cases, a prison phone call might go up to $14 per minute, but the overall charge would go down by half.

Tom Wheeler, the FCC Chairman, and Mignon Clyburn, the commissioner, both say that they were disappointed by the court’s delay, but all the same, it was a move they had anticipated.


An Overview of Gooee LED Lighting

LED lights are the newest technology in regards to energy efficient lighting. It stands for Light Emitting Diode, a device that converts electricity into light. LED lights are efficient, using much fewer energy compared to halogen and incandescent lighting. That means you can look forward to a cheaper energy bill. LED lights also last longer than other lights.

Gooee knows that It is important that you choose the right LED lighting to suit your needs. Look at lumens, which is the standard unit for measuring the amount of light used by a light source. Pay attention to the beam angle, which is an indicator of the spread of light. Narrow beams are better for accent lighting, while wide beams are softer. You also have to choose between warm white and cool white for the colour temperature. Warm white helps create an atmosphere that gives off a relaxing feel. This is perfect for bedrooms and living rooms. Cool white is better suited for working areas, such as kitchens and laundry rooms. The lighting will help cool off the warm climate.

ClassDojo Is On A Roll Raising $21 Million

One of the hottest Classroom communication platforms, ClassDojo got a large chunk of venture capital amounting to $21 million over the last year. This gift was welcomed by the app’s developers as they have not spent any money on commercials or online advertising. To date ClassDojo has received about $31 million in total venture capital.  And they have vowed never to sell users’ personal information over to data mining companies.

ClassDojo initially was founded as a way to promote positive student behavior in a ground-up change way. Liam Don and Sam Chaudhary, two UK grad students visiting the US didn’t like the way classroom atmospheres were becoming. So they talked with various teachers to find ideas on how they would change the classroom with a smartphone app. And that’s when Chaudhary and Don decided to build ClassDojo to give students, teachers and parents a platform that would give them more connection.

ClassDojo uses several ways to inspire students to do well. It comes with a set of videos that show fuzzy monster characters that learn how to solve problems they have difficulty with, and encourages students to think of things in ways they haven’t before. And teachers can assign tasks for students and award points for good behavior, and encourage students to help others. Students can also take pictures of class activities and post them to a profile wall, almost like Facebook but with teacher approval first.

But most of all, ClassDojo seeks to keep the parents involved in every step of the process. Parents can check in to their child’s Class Dojo profile to see how they’re doing, and teachers can send updates on how well they’re behaving. And thanks to the frequent communication, it’s allowed most schools to do away with parent-teacher meetings. So far, ClassDojo has made its way to about 85,000 schools across the US, but the number is expected to continue growing as the app is free to download and compatible with most devices.