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Rick Smith, CEO Discusses Advances In Inmate Communications

As the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Securus Technologies, Rick Smith frequently addresses the media about the latest innovations and advancements involving the future state of inmate telecommunications. In one such public media format, Smith spoke with [email protected] Fox34 is the local affiliate station of Fox Networks, based in Lubbock, Texas. The information provided in a press release discussed Securus Technologies role in making communications better in the long term for the incarcerated.

Rick Smith said this in the interview: “Just as communications have changed quite dramatically over the last ten (10) years for the general public, communications will positively influence what happens to the incarceration experience over the next ten (10) years.” In effect this means that Securus, as a nationwide leader of inmate communications is striving towards making greater improvements by providing a “centralized” multi-device platform. This is more than a prediction, it’s an active ongoing project.

In the past, inmates were provided one call initially and then their names added to an already long waiting list for “video visitation.” Securus is working on an advanced platform for linked communications. So, in the near future this will open up multiple forms of inmate connections; including “emails, text and video messages, and recorded voice messages;” all via secure telephone and Internet.

Securus Technologies main headquarters in located in Dallas; with additional regional offices in Atlanta, Georgia, and Allen and Carrollton, Texas. Rick Smith discussed how in the future inmates may purchase a device from Securus or bring their own device. He went on to emphasize that the technology isn’t “proprietary.” Meaning that Securus doesn’t have a patent on the technology and therefore isn’t involved and won’t be involved in the recording or monitoring of inmate telecommunications. This is the sole responsibility of the prison or jail facility. Read more on PRNewsWire.com.

Smith ended the interview with this comment, “We deliver all of this to some inmates today – with the objective of delivering these benefits to all in the future at lower rates. We have the technology, we have the people, we have the products – and we will use these to benefit everyone.”

Rick Smith began his tenure with Securus Technologies in June, 2008. In the past, he’s served as President, CEO, COO and CFO for Eschelon Telecom. Securus Technologies, is regarded as a leader in criminal justice technology, it was founded in 1998. Securus provides telecommunications and civil communication services for inmates in over 3,400 correctional facilities nationwide. In July 2015, Securus Technologies created a buzz in financial news, when they announced the acquisition of the electronic payment company, JPay Inc. The acquisition thrust Securus into another category, as a “fully licensed” electronic money transfer agent.

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Tammy Mazzocco Is Featured On Ideamensch

Central Ohio real estate agent, Tammy Mazzocco was a recent guest on Ideamensch. The site which features entrepreneurs and successful people interviewed Mazzocco on her career and how she has achieved an impressive track record in the Ohio real estate industry. A short synopsis of the interview Tammy Mazzocco had with Ideamensch is provided below.

 

Ideamensch asked Tammy Mazzocco how she brings her ideas to life in the real estate business. Her answer was that she brainstorms ideas, does plenty of research on them and does a quick business plan to see if her idea is indeed feasible and realistic enough to be implemented.

 

Another question given to Tammy Mazzocco was what is one trend that excites her in business right now. Mazzocco responded by saying that she is very excited about lead generating companies that connect a live customer to you by phone. Tammy adds that if she can get someone on the phone, she is that much more likely to schedule an appointment or meeting with the person regarding a buy, sell or lease of real estate. Once an appointment or meeting is set up, a sale, lease or purchase is significantly more likely due to a face to face meeting with the client and getting to know what he or she wants from the deal.

 

A question about hindsight posed to Tammy Mazzocco was what advice what she give to her younger self right now. The advice she would give herself includes not being so serious and more easygoing, living without fear of failing and taking risks and not settling for what you have or can do. Ideamensch closed the interview by asking Tammy Mazzooocco what is her favorite book. She said that Life Strategies by Dr. Phil is her favorite. It has ten life laws that when followed can really improve your life. Dr. Phil also uses real life stories to illustrate the life laws in practice so they are easy to understand. http://radaris.com/p/Tammy/Mazzocco/

WHAT WORKS FOR ARTHUR BECKER

Madison Partners is a company that deals with real estate as well as Early Bio Technology investments. It is currently under the leadership of Arthur Becker who serves in the position of a Managing Member of the entity. During his previous tenure at NaviSite and ZINIO, Becker was exposed to both technology and real estate, which later made him develop interests in the two areas. Being as well exposed to a number of early stage bio tech companies, he was fascinated by the ever-changing aspects of the industries. This exposure served as a building stone to Madison Partners which he started after his experience.

 

 

Having tried numerous times and failing, has acted as the motivating factor for Arthur who seems to have endless interests in entrepreneurship. His desire to achieve, has seen him become successful owing to the lessons learnt from his failures. Becker sees mix of clarity of vision, unrelenting drive, and the control to engage and lead as the major challenges faced by upcoming businesses. He sees it fit for entrepreneurs to adjust their vision and strategy to comply to the current needs of the business.

 

 

For establishment of new businesses, Arthur Becker finds it wise to work with experienced and reputable individuals as well as organizations in the line of the business operations. This is because he sees talent as the major contributing factor to the business success as its vital all through from the development stage, idea and concept development stage, design stage to the financing stage. Ensuring success in all these stages will ensure the success of the entire business process, thus the need of finding people with talents to work in every stage.

 

 

Arthur Becker attended Bennington College, then later joined Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He has previously served as the Chief Executive Officer at Zinio Company which deals in Technology as well as the CEO of NaviSite a company based in USA and UK which deals with internet technology. Becker at one time also served as a senior advisor to the Vera Wang fashion company which is known to deal with technology and real estate investments.

Lori Senecal’s Path to Success

Lori Senecal has been a go-getter since she was young. Born the youngest in a family of four, Lori’s ambition and hard work started at a young age. She always strived to be herself and dreamt big. Fast forward a couple of years, and she is the Global CEO of Crispin, Porter and Bogusky, LLC. She is also the president of another prized MDC shop known as Partner Networks. Lori has had a glittering career, and it has all been as a result of her intelligence, hard work, humility and ambition.

Senecal is one of the renowned figures in the creative and marketing industry.

Lori’s Article

Lori has written an article titled “Clueless Or Subtly Strategic?” In the article, she talks about the effectiveness of branding strategies and what corporations can learn from wayward celebrities. The first factor she points out in her excellent article is hiring a great hairstylist. Here, she pointed out a couple of brands that have used fashion as a means to succeed in their respective markets.

Other factors that Lori points out is how comebacks can generate consumer love and ultimately make one’s brand a success, downsizing, expanding talents and developing icons rather than tag lines.

Lori appointed at Kirshenbaum Bond & Partners

In 2009, Lori was appointed as a senior partner at the then rebranded Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal & Partners. The co-chairman Richard Kirshenbaum spoke highly of Lori saying that she was highly known for her innovative and creative thinking and had a good leadership record in her past jobs. This was a significant move as the company wanted to improve its strategic offering and integrated creative to its customers.

Senecal stated that since she survived on being a change agent, this was the logical step for her. Before coming to the firm, Lori served as the President of McCann Erickson’s flagship New York office. Her journey to the top came from her previous successes at McCann Erickson. These included pioneering new practices and approaches at the company, account leadership, innovation and holding executive posts in the strategic planning departments.

Another aspect that made her very marketable was her broad range of skills and expertise. Senecal has extensive knowledge in data analytics and multinational account expertise. These are as a result of her past jobs working with prominent brands such as Weight Watcher’s, Xbox, Sprint and many others. https://www.crunchbase.com/person/lori-senecal-2#/entity

Highland Capital Management Lists the Highland iBoxx Senior Loan EFT on the NASDAQ Stock Market

In 2016, Highland Capital Management’s team visited the Nasdaq HQ in Time Square building. The aim of the tour was to celebrate the company after it listed a senior loan EFT known as The Highland iBoxx. Exclusive photos of the visit were posted on NASDAQ’S Tumblr, Facebook, and Instagram pages. Those who could not make it to the Times Square building could also watch the event live from NASDAQ’s official YouTube page. Highland Capital Management Fund Advisors, a retail arm of Highland Capital Management, is responsible for managing the EFT. The retail division will also oversee the EFT’s stocks after it was listed on NASDAQ.

NASDAQ established a name for itself in the U.S. trading market for its diverse portfolio of solutions. The company’s services include trading, public company services, clearing, listing and exchange technology. After Highland Capital Management listed its EFT on NASDAQ, its business vision will be optimized and executed with confidence. Highland Capital Management will also benefit from NASDAQ’s trading solutions that are tested using proven technologies. NASDAQ was the first trading company to adopt the electronic stock management technology. This technology is currently used in 70 equity markets in 50 nations.

About Highland Capital Management

Highland Capital Management relies on its retail subsidiary to manage investments. Highland Capital Management Fund Advisors is registered with the SEC and has assets worth over $18 billion under management. Mark Okada and James Dondero founded its parent company in 1993. Since Highland Capital Management was established, it has grown into one of the most experienced and largest alternative credit managers in the world. The company has also advanced its credit strategies by focusing on collateralized loan obligations, private equity, hedge funds, and long only funds.

With alternative investment solutions that target natural resources and emerging markets, Highland Capital Management has a diversified client base. This customer base comprises of funds of funds, wealthy individuals, public pension plans, corporations, and endowments. These clients are served by the company’s head office in Dallas, Texas. They can also access Highland’s services from satellite offices in Seoul, New York, Singapore, and Sao Paolo.

CEO Troy McQuagge Wins Business And Professional Excellence Awards

One Planet Awards released their annual list of winners and Troy McQuagge, Chief Executive Officer of USHealth Group, Inc. was among the recipients. As the nominations for the awards are worldwide it is quite an accomplishment to win this highly coveted award. He received this honor due to his work in turning around USHealth Group since he became affiliated with the company in 2010. He successfully rebuilt the company’s captive agency distribution network and the company has since seen a huge return to profitability and growth.

In a statement, McQuagge said that he was honored to receive the award, and dedicated it to the whole staff of USHealth Group’s efforts over the last seven years. He also reiterated his pledge to provide affordable health care through forward-looking insurance policy coverages.

One Planet is a global awards organization that recognizes business leaders and companies through their Business and Professional Excellence Awards. USHealth Group, Inc. provides health care policies to the self-employed and small business owners.

Troy McQuagge first came to USHealth Group as the President and CEO of the company in 2010. He also became a member of the Board of Directors in 2014 due to his overwhelming success in running the company. Before joining with USHealthgroup he had a long and successful career with Healthmarket as the President of their Agency Marketing Group. He obtained his degree in Legal Studies from the University of Central Florida. As President and Chief Executive Officer of USHealth Group McQuagge oversees the company’s strategic vision and their captive agent sales force.

Troy McQuagge has also supported a number of charities over the years, both with his expertise and time but also monetarily. One of the charities he has supported is the Crisis Nursery Phoenix, which provides a shelter to abused, homeless, and neglected children in the area. Some of the other nonprofits he supports are Hopekids Dallas and Hopekids Phoenix which serves children facing life-threatening medical conditions. He also established within USHealth Group an initiative called HOPE for Helping Other People Everyday. This initiative supports the community in many ways, including donating several thousand in baby and children’s clothing. Another example is the initiative raising more than $25,000 in donations and giving it to Hopekids Arizona.