Rick Smith: Making society a safer place

Business Management

Rick Smith – better known as the CEO of Securus Technologies, is a wise man with a wealth of experiences under his belt. Before he led Securus Technologies as its CEO, Smith worked multiple positions at Eschelon Telecom Inc including CIO, COO, and CEO. Smith was also the VP of Financial Management at Global Crossing, the CIO and President of Frontier Information Technologies, a VP at Midwest Telephone Operations and Network Plan’s Operations Director. Rick Smith is an alumnus of multiple prestigious universities. He graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology as an Associate of Applied Sciences in Electrical Engineering and from the State University at New York with a BSc in Electrical Engineering. He also holds a Masters in Mathematics from the State University of N.Y, Brockport, and a Masters in B.A from Rochester’s University. Smith’s resume is proof of the fact that he is an extremely talented and wise individual. Read more about Rick Smith Securus on glassdoor.com.

Securus Technologies is a for-profit prison technology company, established in 1986. Since its’ establishment, Securus has invested a grand total of $6 million and has grown by leaps and bounds – the company currently has approximately 1000 employees working for them. The organization provides civil and criminal justice technology solutions that help with improving public safety and modernizes the incarceration experience. Their HQ is located in Dallas and it works with more than 3,400 public safety, law enforcement, and corrections agencies throughout North America. Read more at securus.net about Rick Smith Securus.

Recently, Smith led Securus Technology to acquire JPay, an organization that deals with electronic payment, entertainment and educational related apps in the corrections field, in an attempt to increase the impact of the Securus footprint. Smith stated that this move helped the company force its way into the fastest growing segments in corrections – payments and inmate tablets, to name a few. He also commented that Securus is an admirer of JPay’s innovative operations. He went on further to state that the JPay’s-Securus combination would put the company in a position to offer anything high tech or software based for correctional agencies. Ryan Shapiro, JPay’s CEO, added that their focus is to “develop groundbreaking products to gain adoption on a massive scale” and with Securus’ backing and support, this is entirely possible. JPay operates as it did earlier; the only difference being Securus’ financial resources, which provide the company with a significant edge over the competition.

The work of Rick Smith Securus has had a life-changing impact over the years. This proof of this change and impact exists in the thousands of letters and emails the company receives from grateful consumers which specify that Securus Technologies has gone above and beyond in an effort to help keep society safe and has changed the lives of inmates and their families. With JPay and Securus Technologies joining forces, it looks like Rick Smith will continue to positively impact peoples’ lives and he won’t be stopping anytime soon.

Read: http://cityscene.org/securus-technologies-ceo-rick-smith-cuts-prison-communications-costs/

Disaster-struck People of Central America are Facing the Heat of Trump Administration


In the latest development, disaster-struck people of Central American countries are facing the heat of Trump administration. Post-1998 hurricane in Honduras, thousands of people got temporary migrant status in the United States as the successive governments allowed them to continue in the U.S. soil.

But, per the latest developments, Trump administration is strongly voicing them to return to Honduras. In the earlier weeks of November 2017, Department of Homeland Security confirmed that it could not decide on extending the Temporary Protected Status of 57,000 Hondurans.

It is confirmed that DHS is planning to terminate the protections given to 2,500 Nicaraguans by January 2019. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin | Crunchbase

Now, it is confirmed that the people from Honduras may get maximum of six more months before Trump administration making a call on their case. It is generally perceived that their status could be terminated by the end of the period. The State Department reportedly recommended to pull out both people from Nicaragua and Honduras from the protection program.

Strangely, most of the migrants from these countries are in the U.S. soil for over a few decades. Considering the political and social conditions of Honduras, they are not deemed to return to their country. Instead, they might join the force of unauthorized migrants in the country.

The Temporary Protected Status option created in the year 1990 was considered as a humanitarian relief for long and saved the lives of thousands of people. Now, the vulnerable condition of the option is sending strong alarming signals to all the protected communities in the country.

The migrant rights issues are regarded as human rights as well as civil rights issues for long. Due to that reason, human rights groups protest and work against the policies that are exploiting or destabilizing the helpless migrants. The migrant and human rights groups campaign, raise funds, offer healthcare and legal assistance, and more to the migrants around the world.

Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund is an initiative established by prominent news reporters, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. To set up the Fund, they used the settlement money received for challenging their arrests by Maricopa County Sheriff.

The journalists were arrested for reporting the news tracking instruction given by the Sheriff Joe Arpaio. But, the Court of Appeals freed both and granted a compensation of $3.75 million. Lacey and Larkin used the money to create Frontera Fund for helping human and migrant rights groups in the state of Arizona.

Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/az-aclu-honors-new-times-founders-jim-larkin-and-mike-lacey-as-civil-libertarians-of-the-year-6500737

Setting the Sales Trends with Fabletics


The contemporary fashion industry is characterized by dynamism, variety diversification, high velocity as well as a myriad of complexities. One of the companies operating in this challenging and peculiar industry is Fabletics which was founded by Kate Hudson, Adam Goldenberg and Don Ressler in 2013. Fabletics merchandise includes women’s sportswear, footwear, and accessories which are also known as athleisure. The company’s success in this industry can be attributed to its e-commerce supply chain model.


It is common knowledge that enterprises take between 5-10 years for them to break even. Fabletics is a company that has shown a unique and a desirable pattern of growth with remarkable success. Foremost, as a relatively new entrant in the industry, where Amazon takes pride in 20% of the e-commerce market, Fabletics is coming up with world-class strategies at operational, tactical and strategic echelons of management to gain and attract new market shares. One of the strategy that this firm is using is the reverse showroom technique. This way, they have outwitted Amazon, and as and per now, Fabletics is all the craze in the fashion industry.


Fabletics is the commanding fashion industry due to its success in meeting customers’ needs and taste of fashion and fads and especially actors and other socialites. More so, the firm’s success is underpinned by the founder’s zeal to promote healthy living through availing products of superior quality yet at competitive prices.


To further boos the brand, the firm has pooled $250 million to fortify its portfolio. This will strategically enable them to compete favorably with Amazon. The company brand boasts of global presence as it has branches in United States, Canada, Spain, Germany, France Netherlands and the United Kingdom. By the end of 2017, Kate Hudson ought to have scaled up the fitness shops from 18 to 30.


Kate Hudson is described as a hands-on person who keeps abreast with latest fashions and design processes, an authentic team player. Hudson led a drive to make clear communication a priority. This way, Fabletics improved its customer service function, and ultimately they were able to match their demand with supply accurately. Such commitment to quality and customer service has made the company experience a three-digit growth. From a low 43% in 2015 to an amazing 644% in 2016. Finally, before you step in at Fabletics, take a lifestyle quiz, he honest with yourself when answering the questionnaire, this way; you will establish the best gear for you.