Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Founder & CEO
Founder and CEO Bob Bonifas started Alarm Detection in the basement of his father’s grocery store in the Pigeon Hill neighborhood of Aurora. Nearly fifty years later, Alarm Detection Systems, Inc. ranks as one of the twenty largest alarm companies in the United States. The Bonifas family business now employs nearly 250 area residents who design, sell, install, maintain and monitor burglar, fire, video surveillance and card access systems for approximately 30,000 subscribers in northern Illinois, northeast Indiana, and southern Wisconsin. Of those employees, four second generation Bonifas’ help manage the direction of this fast growing company.
Bob Bonifas has been a leader in the security industry for over forty years. He has won numerous industry awards, including being named as an inaugural member in Security Sales & Integration magazine’s Hall of Fame. He has been recognized as one of the 25 most dynamic people who have shaped the alarm industry, and was named in Security Dealer magazine as an “Industry icon”. He also received the Central Station Alarm Association’s highest award, the Stan Lott Award.
He has held a leadership role in virtually every security industry organization. Bob also is the past Chairman of the Heartland Blood Bank, and currently serves on the board of directors. Mr. Bonifas’ long-term commitment to ADS has required him to be very active in supporting the election campaigns of pro-business candidates at all levels of government. In his free time, Mr. Bonifas continues to travel and has now seen every country on the world map. He was recognized in a recent news article as being one of the world-wide leaders in competitive travel.