Rick Smith Making His Mark in the Tech Industry

Mr. Rick Smith took over the leadership of SECURUS Technologies as its company CEO on June 23rd, 2008. Chairman Richard Falcone, the company Chairman, welcomed Smith to the family and praised him for his successful career. Mr. Smith holds masters in mathematics which he got at Brockport, State University of New York, and Bachelor’s of Science in electrical engineering at Buffalo, State University of New York.Mr. Smith also has an MBA from the Simon School University of Rochester. Rick Smith has held a different position in a variety of industries, and before joining Securus Technologies, he worked at Frontier Corporation in various disciplines like IT, business development, finance, and operations. Rick Smith is a board member of Integra Telecom Company Ltd.

Mr. Rick Smith has sufficient skills and experiences in telecom, and for more than nine years he held a position of CEO at Eschelon Telecom, Inc. During his period in Echelon, he rapidly helped in revenue growth from a mere $30million to more than $350 million. He also grew the EBITDA to around $80 million and 48% to CAGR. With such success, Rick Smith successful led Echelon in summer of 2005 to one of the most successful IPO in the telecom industry.In July 2015 Securus led by its chairman Mr. Smith led a successful acquisition of JPay Inc with an ultimate goal of offering digitalized communications, payments, entertainment and education all in one correctional space. JPay Inc operates in more than 33 states offering prison systems. Additionally, it’s among the first technology companies to have introduced email, host of entertainment, electronic payments, and education-related apps. This entire app collection is meant to give prisoners a better life and taste of technology.

According to Securus Technologies CEO Rick Smith, the transaction makes Securus one of the fastest-growing companies in correction segments of email, payments, and inmate tablets. Mr. Rick said that the completion of the operations gives them license to offer virtually software and high-tech correction agencies that new prison needs to operate efficiently. The CEO of JPay stated that Mr. Smith would run JPay as one of an owned subsidiary of Securus and he believes with years of skills and experience Rick hold; he will move the company to huge profits.Since becoming the CEO of Securus Technologies, Smith has continued to invest deeply in developing improvements in information, communications, access, collection and focusing on the inmates and their families. This has made it possible for the company to maintain leadership in the ever competitive technological innovations.Securus Technology opened its door in 1986 and with years of giving service to the ever-changing needs of law enforcement, and correction industry it has grown tremendously under the leadership of Rick Smith. It now boasts of 140 patents and a leading innovator in criminal justice technology system.

Julia Jackson: To The (Wine) Estate Born

Julia Jackson, daughter of Jess Jackson and Barbara Banke, and proprietor of Sonoma County’s largest wine empire, Jackson Family Wines, was born in San Francisco in 1988. She grew up surrounded by, working in, and learning, the vineyards.

She graduated from Scripps College, part of the Claremont Colleges, in Southern California. There Julia obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art. She then attended Stanford Graduate School where she completed an intensive Summer Institute for General Management. Returning home after travelling to the Bordeaux and Champagne regions of France, Julia returned home to complete the Master Sommelier Introductory Course.

Jackson Family Wines encompasses a wide array of vineyards and wineries, the best-known is Kendall Jackson. There are some lesser known brands as well. Cambria Winery was founded in 1987 on the Santa Maria Bench in Santa Barbara County. Now overseen by Julia Jackson, her sister, Katherine, and their mother, Barbara, Cambria Winery remains family-owned and sustainably farmed. Every Cambria wine has been grown, produced and bottled on the Estate. Cambria winery is home to Julia’s Vineyard, devoted to Pinot Noir. The winemakers that take part in the Julia’s Vineyard Artisan Program believe it is one of Santa Barbara County’s best.

Julia, and her sister, Katherine, cofounded Cambria Seeds of Empowerment, a non-profit organization that honors, what she refers to as, “Warrior Women”, women who have inspired others to succeed and overcome adversity. Cash grants of $100,000, yearly, are presented to non-profit groups that uphold the ideals of equality, community and spirit.

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Though steeped in many varieties of wine, Jackson maintains that La Joie, a cabernet dominant-Bordeaux blend, from Verite Winery in Sonoma County, is the best. She states, “Sonoma has a reputation for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but we believe it’s the best place for Cabernet.”


The Fusion of Technology and Fashion

As we advance into the future of both technology and fashion, it is increasingly evident they influence and inspire one another. New tech pieces are enhanced with fashionable sense and style. In the same way, fashion products can be given a technological edge, making them more innovative. For example, bike helmets help keep cyclists safe, yet they are notorious for being quite unfashionable. To solve this problem, fashion and technology worked together to create an airbag for cyclists which they can wear around their necks. This piece is more appealing to consumers than hefty bike helmets and it is also safer. This integration of the two industries will help to pave the future for lifestyle, fashion and tech brands.

Before founding Burch Creative Capital, Chris Burch was actively involved in entrepreneurial pursuits and investments. Along with his brother, Burch founded Eagle’s Eye apparel while still attending Ithaca College. The brothers started selling sweatshirts on Ithaca’s campus before expanding to other campuses and eventually retail stores. Burch even established Eagle’s Eye apparel’s own manufacturing facility to help meet the growing demand. Soon, the brothers had grown their business to be worth $165 million with 50 locations nationwide. They eventually sold the company to the Swire Group after growing it for over a decade.

Chris Burch founded Burch Creative Capital in 2008 to help maintain his investments and businesses. One of his first creations under his new company was the C. Wonder home decor and accessories brand. The company ws later sold to the Xcel Group. It was this sale that pushed Burch over the ten figure mark, making him a billionaire. In 2012, he was featured in Forbes’ list of the World’s Billionaires. Burch was also instrumental in the creation of the Tony Burch fashion label, which he helped to grow to be valued at $3.5 billion. He served as co-Chairman of the company before selling a portion of his shares.

Burch Creative Capital is more than an investment firm. They work directly with their clients to help them realize their goals and ambitions. As a life-long entrepreneur, Chris Burch understands what it takes to turn a small idea and turn it into a thriving business. It is with this passion and expertise that he runs the Burch Creative Capital firm. The team thrives not only on providing their clients with financial support, but also with emotional support, strategies and guidance.

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