Rick Smith,a visionary and transformative business leader, is the President and CEO of Securus Technologies. His proficiency and experience in the IT industry, business development, telecommunication, finance, and operations have made him a significant person in the growth of correction facilities. Rick’s unique skill set has contributed greatly to the success of various companies where he held executive positions in before joining Securus.
Rick Smith began his career at Global Crossing North America Inc. from 1972 to 1998 where he held various positions before joining Eschelon Inc. as its Chief Financial Officer. He later rose up the career ladder in the company to the President and Chief Operations Officer position in 2000, before gaining promotion to the company’s CEO in 2003. Mr. Smith helped grow Eschelon from $30 million to more than $350 million during his time as the company.
Rick’s previous experience and expertise in various sectors have helped him in leading Securus Technologies into the top company in prison communication and criminal justice technology. He has also aided in the acquisition of firms such as the Syscon Justice System, T-Netix, and Evercom which have helped in the development of innovative products and services in the country.
His Achievements at Securus
Securus appointed John Bell, a Senior Vice President of Sales on December 30, 2015. Mr. Bell will aid in developing high-tech software based sales team to present their portfolio of over 800 safety, security, and efficiency products. Mr. Bell will work together with Josh Collins, the Sales Vice President at Securus in the management of the sales teams presenting their products to more customers and right decision makers. They also intend to develop a sales associated training program to help compare the superior products in the industry.
The company releases the service and product development proposals on a weekly basis to help law enforcers and correction agencies in the prevention of social problems and solve crimes. Rick comments that the company has been receiving numerous emails and appreciation messages from their customers acknowledging their efforts in building safety in the society. Their success in solving and preventing crimes committed by the incarcerated has contributed to the increasing of their client base. Visit securustechnologies.com for more info.
Mr. Smith’s impressive educational background has also contributed greatly to his success in various companies. He holds an associate degree in Rochester Institute of Technology in addition to a Bachelors and Masters degree in Engineering from the State University of New York. He also earned an MBA from the University of Rochester.
JeanMarie Guenot, Ph.D. is the current president and the CEO of Amphivena Therapeutics Inc. The company is based in San Francisco, and it deals with therapies for cancer treatment. JeanMarie has been in the industry for over 20 years. She has worked in both private and public sectors. Today, she is involved in project management, commercial development, Pharmaceuticals R&D and venture capital. JeanMarie is also an owner of the company known as Guenot LLC, which concentrates on the provision of specialized consultations services like project management, mergers and acquisitions, financial alliance services and financial planning to biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.
According to her Linked In profile, Jeanmarie Guenot studied Physical and Medicinal Chemistry, and majored in drug design, protein structure and prediction, X-ray, NMR and quantum mechanical and Semi-empirical methods. She acquired her MBA from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. from the University of California San Francisco.
JeanMarie Guenot kicked off her medical career at Hoffmann-La Roche. Here, she was the principle scientist in pre-clinical R&D. while she served the position, she was able to come up with drugs for oncology, autoimmune diseases, inflammation and metabolic diseases. JeanMarie started off her career in business as a manager at Atlas Venture. Here she managed the venture capital division. She has been able to join her two careers, and the result was the creation of science companies.
JeanMarie had worked for various companies before she was appointed as the President and the CEO Amphivena. She worked as a Vice-president of Corporate and Business Development at PDL BioPharma. During this period, she played a significant role in easing the process of licensing, mergers and acquisitions as well as alliance management of R&D commercial portfolios. She made a 50:50 deal between PDL and Hoffmann-La Roche; an agreement that benefited the two companies to commercialize and develop their drugs.
JeanMarie Guenot has had a success life as well as career. She has worked in two different industries and managed to bring out the best in each. She was awarded for Deal of Distinction in 2006 from Licensing Executive Society and BioBusiness Network Innovative Bio-Partnering award in 2005.
Through a podcast, Josh Verne discussed five tips for one to succeed in both life and business.
According to Josh, people should avoid being bossy and forcing their will on employees. Individuals should exhibit leadership through serving their followers. This will earn you respect and motivate your followers to work harder and accomplish more. Good leaders engage their workers in setting goals and work together to achieve them.
II.Strive to succeed
Josh asserts that one should always aspire for a win-win situation. Each day at work should be successful for you, the staff, customers and society at large. In case of new problems or new clients, strive to find a unique and effective way to deal with the situation in order to ensure that in the end, the set goals are achieved.
III.Be a listener
Josh posits that speaking less and listening more is a simple strategy but very effective. When a leader speaks less, his/her words will be received with seriousness each time that they speak to employees. This gives your words more power and an authoritative tone that will ensure that things are done.
IV.Balance your life
Life is like a vehicle’s wheels; the car cannot move without the fourth wheel. In life, success requires one to balance every part of their lives such that no sector drags or affects the other. Josh Verne explains that having a balance in life guarantees one’s growth in all sectors such as wealth, health and relationships.
V.Identify your passion Running a business that you are passionate about is enjoyable. Josh contends that doing something that excites you will drive you to wake up early and work effortlessly to achieve your goals. This information was originally mentioned on Knowledge For Men as explained in the link below http://www.knowledgeformen.com/podcast-josh-verne/#lightbox/0/
About Josh Verne
He is the founder and CEO of Workpays LLC, which he established in 2011. In 1995, after his graduation from high school, Josh joined his family’s 2nd generation business of distributing furniture. He started by working in the warehouse. Later, Josh managed to move from one rank to the other, thus assuming greater responsibilities. Later, he established Workpays, a company that also deals with furniture distribution. His hard work and determination has successfully placed Workpays at the forefront of furniture distribution.
Once, Josh Verne led the biggest division for top 100 retail stores and oversaw all manufacturing, His deep knowledge on business has enabled him to own and run a multi-national corporation where sales exceeded $200mm.