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SSN Q&A: Alarm Detection Systems’ COO Amy Becker

August 4, 2021Cory Harris, Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine—Alarm Detection Systems, Inc. (ADS) is a family-owned alarm company that has protected homes and businesses for more than 50 years. Based out of Aurora, Illinois, ADS is led by Founder and CEO Bob Bonifas, whose company provides electronic security and fire safety services to businesses and residential customers in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Colorado. Bonifas started ADS in the basement of his father’s grocery store in Aurora in the late 1960s. With a mantra of providing...

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Alarm Detection Systems appoints Amy Becker as COO

May 26, 2021SSN Staff

AURORA, Ill.—Bob Bonifas, Founder and CEO of Alarm Detection Systems, Inc. (ADS), is pleased to announce the appointment of Amy Becker as Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective immediately. As COO, Becker will oversee the company's day-to-day operations, which includes responsibility for all of the functions at the Illinois and Colorado locations. "Amy brings proven leadership both within the alarm industry and at ADS,” said Bonifas. “She has worked tirelessly alongside...

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Alarm Detection Systems reaches 50th anniversary

August 29, 2018Spencer Ives

AURORA, Ill.—50 years ago, Bob Bonifas got started in the security industry with a Dictograph Security Systems franchise here, with the name Alarm Detection Systems.Prior to joining the security industry, Bonifas managed a grocery business and got his first taste of security when putting in a security system at a tavern across the street from the store.“We started out in Aurora. Having been in the grocery business, I was a businessman and new a lot of the business people. So, I focused...

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Monitoring Matters

New positions at ADS, Rapid Response

January 14, 2015Spencer Ives

Updated Feb. 13, 2015 Alarm Detection Systems, based in Aurora, Ill., sought to strengthen its executive team by promoting six people to new roles. And today, as I write this, Rapid Response is looking to fill 70 or more positions for its headquarters in Syracuse N.Y. As I'm looking over the current events of the industry, growth has been quite the theme, and these are companies that are growing by notable proportions. At ADS, Amy Becker will become VP and Controller; Nick Bonifas, Corporate Counsel;...

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Alarm Detection Systems acquires Norshore Alarm

June 6, 2012Rich Miller

AURORA, Ill.—Alarm Detection Systems, based here, has expanded its footprint in northern Illinois by acquiring Norshore Alarm Co. and its 2,100 accounts, ADS announced on May 29.Bob Bonifas, founder and CEO of ADS, said the accounts are split roughly 50/50 between residential and commercial and total about $80,000 in RMR. ADS will keep Norshore's office in Libertyville, Ill., and six employees—two salespeople, two service technicians and two installers—to support sales and growth...

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General News

Stranded in the South Atlantic

April 27, 2012Rich Miller

AURORA, Ill.—As a veteran of the alarm industry, Bob Bonifas knows how important redundancy is for central stations. As a global adventurer recently stranded on a sub-Antarctic island, he now knows it's crucial for passenger ships, too.Bonifas, president and CEO of Alarm Detection Systems, based here, was among 73 passengers stranded for 10 days on South Georgia Island after engine problems crippled their cruise ship, the 293-foot Plancius. The vessel was on a 31-day sightseeing tour, bound...

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Monitoring Matters

Bonifas heading home after being stranded on remote island

April 17, 2012Rich Miller

Talk about overages. Stranded on a remote island in the South Atlantic with more than 70 other travelers, Bob Bonifas had the distinction of being the only person with a satellite phone. That meant using a lot of minutes: about 1,500 as of Wednesday, with five or six more days of dialing ahead until the group finally gets back to the mainland. Bonifas, president and CEO of Aurora, Ill.-based Alarm Detection Systems, is among 73 passengers who were diverted to South Georgia Island last week aboard...

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