Monthly Archives: May 2017

Richard Smith Makes Securus Technologies the Leading Innovator and Provider of Security Devices

When you mention Securus Technologies, the name that naturally occurs to you is that of Richard A. Smith aka Rick, a man whose administrative acumen and excellence has enabled the company to be the leading supplier of advanced technologies to incarceration facilities. Some of the effective technical and innovative solutions he has introduced since he took the leadership of the company include the development of a sophisticated associate program for sales and the rapid expansion of the company’s customer base. Amongst his other significant achievements was the addition of John Bell to join the robust marketing division of the company as a senior sales executive.

As the Chairman and CEO of Securus Technologies, he has built the company into a stable investment entity leading in the provision of cutting-edge technology solutions to correctional facilities. Under his tenure, the company releases product and service development proposals weekly. He has taken an active lead in helping law enforcement agencies to prevent an increase in social problems by solving crimes before they happen, and individually, Mr. Smith has made safety integral to the DNA of the company. Read more on

His career in telecommunication covers many years and organizations all of which he served with dedication. He has left exceptional performance records wherever he has worked. Starting with Midwest Telephone Operations where he was the Vice President in 1972. Other similar top executive roles he has played include being a Chief Information Officer, Network Plant Operations Director, Controller, Vice President of Financial Management at Frontier Corp, President of Frontier Information Technologies, and the Director of Business Development. At Eschelon Telecom Inc., he served as the President between 2000 and 2003. By working hard, he became the Director in 2008, Chairman in 2009, and now he is the CEO of Securus.

Rick is an alumnus of Rochester Institute of Technology where he acquired an Associate of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering. Before that, he was a student at the State University of New York at Buffalo from where he also received a degree in Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering. The above qualifications do not sum up all his academic achievements because from the University of Rochester’s Simon School he got a Master’s in Business Administration, and from the State University of New York at Brockport, he acquired masters in mathematics.

Rick Smith record of impressive accomplishments suits the administrative needs of Securus Technologies so well. The vast base of experience he has in telecom coupled with the senior positions he has held in many companies makes Rick a much sought-after executive in the industry. The top positions he has had in several disciplines such as business development and operations, finance management, and IT installation speak volumes about his competence, and extensive capabilities.

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Is There A Fantasy Sleeper Keeper QB in the 2017 NFL Football Draft?

Let’s face it, filling your fantasy team with quality runners and elite pass catchers is critical. However, just like the real thing in professional football, the right quarterback can be the difference between a nice fantasy football season, and league champion hardware.



In this year’s rookie draft class, six quarterbacks were selected by the end of round three. All of this after none was rated as an immediate franchise changer. So, are any of them really worth a roster spot in 2017, or a must grab in a keeper league?



The Stats Don’t Lie


The likelihood for rookie quarterbacks to end up behind center during their inaugural season is a trend that has gathered steam over the last decade. Seven out of the ten best rookie QB performances have occurred during the last decade.



Throw in the all-time best rookie statistical season by Big Ben Roethlisberger in 2004, and you only have two rookie QBs who have put up numbers worthy of starting spot on a fantasy roster. Those two fellows were named Manning and Marino.



Which Rookie QBs, Are Most Worthy of a Roster Spot in 2017?


Now, although it’s rare for a rookie to take over the reigns of their new team during that first season, it does happen. When it does, that person is invariably worthy of a draft spot. This is especially true, if your league uses keeper-players.



In what was supposedly a weak draft for quarterback talent, there were still three snagged in round one, and three more taken off the big board by the end of round three. Out of these six, which ones are most worthy of a roster spot on your fantasy team?



  • Mitchell Trubisky



When your new team shifts draft spots just to make sure no one will steal you with the second selection in the draft, there’s a future plan for you. Only problem is Mitchell Trubisky may be as green as they come at quarterback.



Trubisky earned the honor of Mr. Ohio Football, before heading to Chapel Hill However, he only played one full season for the Tar Heels. Conference honors eluded him also, because he played in the ACC with two Heisman finalists. However, don’t get too caught up in college stats and awards, or the lack thereof.



Trubisky completed nearly 70% of his throws in that one season, with a 30 touchdown passes countered by only a half dozen picks. The Chicago Bears have a hunch this is their quarterback of the future, but when will that future start.



Trubisky is definitely a draft day pickup, if you have roster space to wait on a franchise QB to develop. But, is he a keeper quality quarterback? You may find out sooner than you think, considering the current state of football affairs in the Windy City.



  • DeShone Kizer



Yeah, hard to extend much hope for any quarterback associated with the poor Cleveland Browns. Their history of drafting QB failure is well documented. From Tim Couch to Johnny Football Manziel, and most recently an attempt to resurrect the career of RGIII, the Browns seem to be a field of failure for quarterbacks. Now the Browns welcome Lake Erie, the most recent QB who tried to ignite ‘Touchdown Jesus’ in South Bend, Indiana.



De Shone Kizer does not suffer from a lack of confidence. While it was certainly misinterpreted, Kizer innocently compared himself in a manner to ‘a man named Brady’. Yes, that would be record-breaking Super Bowl Champion Tom Brady. In his defense, Kizer’s remarks focused on his work ethic, a penchant for going the extra mile to be the best prepared player on the field every game.



While a noble quality, the passes still have to navigate their way to their intended target. Kizer has shown some talent for accomplishing that objective as well. He is a big strong kid, who obviously does not lack confidence.



Fantasy team owners need to remember, he is going to be wearing the colors of the Cleveland Browns, so temper any grandiose expectations that Kizer could duplicate the surprise stardom of a Dak Prescott. However, is he maybe one of the most intriguing QB talents from the class of 2017? While this is the future quarterback of the Cleveland Browns, he may have more potential than anyone headed forward.



NFL rookie camps don’t start until July, so now is a great time to break up the summer-long monotony of daily MLB lineup maneuvering. Keep on the developments over the summer for the rookie class of QBs.


In all likelihood, none will surface as a week one starter, but fantasy predictions have been fooled before. No matter when they take over the reigns of their new team, Trubisky and Kizer should be the first two on your fantasy QB radar from this rookie class.

The Brazilian Entrepreneur and Investor, Alexandre Gama

Alexandre Gama began his career in advertisement as a copywriter with Ogilvy & Mather after receiving his degree in advertising and communication. He then went on to work with DM9, BBDO, and Young & Rubicam.

He went on to found Neogama, a Brazilian advertising agency, in 1999. Neogama was quite successful, being the only Brazilian agency to win an award from the Cannes Festival in the year of its founding. It later went on to be associated with the British company, BBH, in 2002 and to win more awards. This association ceased in 2016 and Neogama again focused primarily on Brazil.

Although Neogama is perhaps Alexandre Gama’s most successful venture, he has also met success in other areas being the only Brazilian in an international committee of global advertising agencies and is influential in the Brazilian art scene. He founded VIOLAB, a music company promoting Brazilian musicians and guitar players, and held his own art exhibition in his native Brazil. Gama also invests heavily in the British automobile company BAC.

Getting Litigation With Karl Heideck

Getting legal help from Karl Heideck

Getting legal help from Karl Heideck

Litigation is a process by which disputes are resolved by either filing a complaint or answering a complaint through the public court system. Litigation is most often settled by whatever parties involved, but it can also be taken to court and be heard by either a judge or jury. Regardless of what the common conception about litigation is, the fact is that it is not just another lawsuit. There are a variety of activities that can be involved with litigation in order to enforce a legal right. Litigation starts once someone has decided to enforce or defend their legal rights.

Karl Heideck is a highly regarded litigator in Philadelphia, in which he has a vast amount of experience in litigation, risk management, and compliance. He began working as a contract attorney at Grant & Eisenhofer in early 2015. In 2010 Karl Heideck worked as a project attorney for Pepper Hamilton LLP, to which he was a top level quality control specialist until mid 2014. Karl Heideck also worked for Conrad O’Brien as an associate from the beginning of 2010 until August of 2010, in which he represented individual clients and corporate clients in complex and commercial litigation. Karl Heideck obtained his law degree from Temple University in 2009.

Karl Heideck has a large skillset which includes corporate law, legal writing, litigation, legal research, product liability, courts, commercial litigation, teaching, arbitration, intellectual property, employment law, trials, teaching, mediation, Westlaw, and civil litigation. He has dealt with issues pertaining to white collar defense and has also dealt with bankruptcy restructuring.

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