About Us

CFI was founded in 1980 as a cable TV consulting, appraisal, and brokerage company. As technology became more and more a part of everyday life, CFI evolved to meet the changing needs of businesses. New ownership in 1994 transformed CFI into the full-service systems integration, security, and technology leasing business we are today. We serve our clients as a value-added reseller and strategic provider of ‘best of breed’ solutions with a focus on cybersecurity.

We operate nationwide and across the globe, working for companies of all sizes and operating in all kinds of industries. More than anything, we take pride in the individual success stories of our employees, because we know that our reputation is built upon our ability to exceed our clients’ expectations. We empower our sales and engineering experts to listen to our clients. Then, we trust them to custom-configure solutions designed to overcome their specific challenges and position them to achieve their business goals. We support them with ongoing professional development, an innovative company culture, and a voice in the direction of our company’s continued growth.



David Ladley, President & CEO

Dave acquired CFI in 1994 and transformed its mission to a full-service systems integration, security solutions and leasing business. The security solutions and services we provide today allow businesses to solve critical business problems. Dave is an active member and promoter of the local community, serving as a member of the Kiwanis volunteer organization, Park Ridge, Illinois Chapter, and as a Past-President of the Park Ridge Soccer Association. When not in the office, Dave can be found on the tennis court, golf course, or sailing in warm weather. When winter comes, he’s on the ski slopes at every opportunity.

Greg Johns, Director of Sales

Greg’s approach to helping our customers is to improve their productivity and performance with CFI’s best-of-breed technologies. He is great at strategizing to address technology challenges and solving problems with innovative solutions. This is how Greg strengthens the Communications Finance value proposition. While Greg is responsible for the growth and profitability of sales, his true passion is the constant development of client relationships. This allows CFI to consistently deliver superior client satisfaction. Greg is also an avid golfer and Chicago sports fan. When he isn’t in the office, you can either find him on the course, at a stadium, or chasing his two young boys.

James Cambray, Director of Security and Network Operations

James leads the CFI team of technical consultants who interface directly with our vendor partners and our clients’ internal IT staff. For each project, he directs the visioning, planning, and integration of CFI’s best-of-breed products and technologies into client environments. He has a deep understanding of technical architecture design, and his A+ certifications demonstrate his engineering expertise across a diverse array of applications and systems. These talents are what allow James to capture requirements, address concerns, and implement new solutions quickly and efficiently. After implementation, James and his team also provide post-installation issue management and troubleshooting. When he isn’t working, he has a young son a home to keep him busy. During football season, you will find James cheering on his favorite Green Bay Packers.

Gretchen Ladley, Director of Marketing and Partner Development

As a member of the management team, Gretchen is in charge of setting the company’s marketing strategies for CFI. Primary to her role as CFI’s marketing leader, she directs brand management, partner development and establishes marketing priorities across the organization. Sitting at the table with the sales team, she develops and designs marketing communications, lead generation campaigns, sales events and promotional activities. Gretchen believes strongly in the synergy between sales and marketing to drive performance for the business, both short and long term. Gretchen is an avid tennis player and golfer, and an active member of the USTA.




Core Values

  • Strong business ethics: We take our work seriously and personally. Everything we do is a reflection of our highest ideals.
  • Honest partnerships: For a company focused on security, trust is paramount. We never forget how important our work is to the success of your business.
  • Customer-centric solutions: We implement exactly what is needed, always staying sharp, curious, and creative about more efficient, agile, innovative possibilities.
  • Best-of-Breed products and services: The vendor partnerships we have developed over years of working together provide our clients with a wealth of options.
  • Quality, not quantity: We are developing customers for life, so we make absolutely sure that each project is completed to your complete satisfaction.
  • Professionalism: We do business the way our clients do business, which is why we’re selective about the companies we serve.
  • Punctuality: “If you arrive early, you’re on time; if you arrive on time, you’re late.”
  • Profitability: We intend to be here for the long haul. We’re building a legacy that will be here for generations to come.
  • Responsive and adaptive: Technology is always changing, which is why we are always exploring, testing, and vetting new opportunities, always staying ahead of the learning curve and anticipating what is to come.
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