Perry Mandera has served his country as a Marine, supports the needy all over the nation, is committed to his church family and has built a very successful full-service transportation company that provides reliable, affordable services to companies of all sizes. Mandera’s ability to do all of these things have won him a place on the ‘Top 100 American Transportation Executives of the Millennium’ list put together by the Illinois Transportation Association in 2000. And he continues to keep his companies focused on providing the best, most professional service possible.
A Chicago native, Perry Mandera joined the Marines in 1975 after graduating high school. Assigned to the motor pool, he learned how to drive all types of trucks. When he left active duty and became part of the Marine Corp Reserve, he also worked with several transportation companies. By 1986, Mandera had enough experience in and understanding of the transportation industry to start his own transportation business, The Custom Companies. The company, which offers affordable transportation services on which businesses of all sizes can rely, as well as warehousing and distribution services, has made in excess of $200 million.
Through his charitable organization Custom Cares Charities, Perry Mandera has used his financial largess to support underprivileged children, veterans, churches, victims of natural disasters throughout the U.S. and worldwide, as well as AIDS and cancer research, the Red Cross, Special Olympics, the Chicago Anti-Hunger Federation and the Walter & Connie Payton Foundation. Mandera also makes time in his very busy schedule to coach youth sports teams in the Chicago area. Mandera is a source of inspiration for children and adults alike (Positivethefacts). A man that has it all and willingly shares it with as many people as possible.
Perry Mandera and The Custom Companies has a fleet of well-maintained, fully-equipped trucks with the latest, most advanced tracking technology. Plus, Mandera’s staff is committed to accuracy in billing and tracing practices, professionalism and excellent customer service. Entrepreneur and philanthropist Perry Mandera has been praised by the Illinois Crime Commission, Sister Paulanne Needy Family Fund, Two Soldiers and a Marine and many other organizations.