Robert Pickens Named Executive of the Year by 2018 American Business Awards

Securus Technologies CEO & President honored as Gold Award Winner for Executive of the Year

American Business Award winners will be presented with their awards on June 11 in New York City

DALLAS--()--Securus Technologies, a leading provider of technology-enabled solutions for public safety, law enforcement, investigations, corrections and government payment services was named the winner of three awards in the 16th Annual American Business Awards on May 1st.

  • Gold – Executive of the Year – Robert Pickens
  • Silver – Support Staffer of the Year – Tamara Portis
  • Bronze – Woman of the Year – Brenda Champion

The American Business Awards are the U.S.A.’s premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small.

Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word meaning “crowned,” the awards will be presented to winners at a gala ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York on Monday, June 11.

I’m humbled to be named executive of the year and also very proud of the recognition of the accomplishments of Tamara and Brenda,” said Robert Pickens, Chief Executive Officer and President of Securus Technologies. “When I got to Securus ten years ago, it was a mid-sized inmate telecom company. Since then, we have experienced tremendous growth, both organically and through acquisitions, and have helped countless families maintain contact with incarcerated loved ones. We’ve also created tools that help the law enforcement community protect our communities. Finally, we’ve created educational opportunities and job training programs for inmates to help them achieve a better future for themselves. Today, we are the leading provider for all corrections and law enforcement technology needs. We achieved this through the hard work and dedication of all the men and women at our company who come to work every day and make America a safer place, and through the support and investment of our shareholders. This award is really for them.”

Securus also congratulates Tamara Portis and Brenda Champion. Their dedication to Securus, strong customer service, and teamwork are shining examples of why Securus has been so successful. Their tireless professionalism and that of others from the Securus family makes everything possible.

More than 200 professionals worldwide participated in the judging process to select this year’s Stevie Award winners.

The nominations submitted for The 2018 American Business Awards were outstanding. The competition was intense, and those recognized as Stevie Award winners should be immensely proud of this accomplishment,” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards.

Details about The American Business Awards and the list of 2018 winners are available at


Headquartered in Carrollton, Texas, and serving more than 3,500 public safety, law enforcement and corrections agencies and over 1,200,000 inmates across North America, Securus Technologies is committed to serve and connect by providing emergency response, incident management, public information, investigation, biometric analysis, communication, information management, inmate self-service, monitoring products and services, and government payment services in order to help our customers with solutions to their problems and to make our world a safer place to live for all of us. Securus Technologies focuses on connecting what matters®. To learn more about our full suite of technology enabled solutions, please visit


Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 10,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 60 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at


Securus Technologies, Inc.
Mark Southland, 972-577-0687


Securus Technologies, Inc.
Mark Southland, 972-577-0687