Perry Mandera is the founder of Custom Cares as well as a pioneer in Transportation.
He joined the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves after graduating in high school in the year 1975. When active in the Marines he was assigned to the motor pool where he learned to drive a truck. He received an Honorable Discharge from the Marine Corps to return home.
In 1980, 23-year-old Mandera started his own business after working at a variety of transportation companies. However, in 1985 he sold his company.
From 1984-1988, Perry Mandera served as the Republican Ward Committeeman for the 26th Ward in Chicago due to his interest in politics.
Perry Mandera started The Custom Companies, Inc. In February 1986. His company is doing very well, “Today, The Custom Companies, Inc. serves thousands of customers ranging from family-owned small businesses to Fortune 100 corporations and has annual sales that exceed 200 million dollars, and employs several hundred people (Analystoffinance).” The company’s headquarter is located in Northlake, Illinois, but it house offices and agents through-out cities in America. It is described as a “”Full-Service Transportation Provider” offering a complete range of Logistic services and products which include Truckload and LTL services, Domestic and International Air Freight Forwarding services, Local Cartage and Dedicated Contract Cartage and various Logistic Products and Services, including a U.S. Custom Bonded Warehousing and Distribution Center.”
He received the honor of being in the “Top 100 American Transportation Executives of the Millennium” in 2000 by the Illinois Transportation Association (ITA). Perry is also a current member of the Board of Directors for ITA.
Not stopping at just owing a successful company, Perry Mandera invest his money and energy into several charitable causes and organizations. Charities such as: children’s and youth organizations, veterans, Cancer Cures and Prevention, The Walter & Connie Payton Foundation and The Jesse White Tumblers. In addition, he has provided transportation and 6,500 winter coats to needy children in the Chicagoland and surrounding areas.
Moreover, Mr. Mandera has coached youth baseball, football, and baskeball teams. With a love for professional boxing, Perry has supported/managed boxing competitors such as Donnell “Doc” Nickelson, competed in the 1992 Olympics for U.S. Olympic Super Heavyweight in Barcelona, Spain.
Perry Mandera has a wife whom he married in 1989 and had two children with.