Robert Bonifas

SSI Hall Of Fame: 2004

Career Highlights

  • Alongside brothers, toiled away in father’s supermarket until grocery business became difficult for small independent operator and family decided to get out in 1968
  • Having self-installed a burglar alarm system in that building, which family still owns today, was intrigued by ad for “Dictograph Security Systems” franchise
  • Investigated it and ultimately went into alarm business

Why He’s on the List

  • Widely recognized as industry supporter and activist
  • Spearheaded battle to keep phone companies from entering alarm industry for 5 years, beginning with 1996 Telecom Act
  • Ensuing fight with FCC to stop Ameritech from acquiring more alarm companies was continuation of that battle
  • Past president of National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association (NBFAA) and Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA)
  • Co-founder of the Security Network of America (SNA)

Comments & Reaction: “Most geographical markets have a very strong,very well run, profitable independent company such as ours, which, so long as the family sticks together and continues a strong work ethic, will survive profitably for generations to follow. It is a great honor to be among this list of 25 peers. I thank whatever group of people in your organization made this mistake!”

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