Perry Mandera is the CEO and founder of The Custom Companies, Inc., which is headquartered in Northlake, Illinois. Mandera has decades of experience in the trucking and transportation industry. Mandera has been recognized as one of the “Top 100 American Transportation Executives of the Millenium”, a title given out by the Illinois Transportation Association.
His experience started straight out of high school in 1975 when he joined the United States Marine Corps Reserve and was assigned to be in the motor pool. This is where he learned how to drive a truck. After five years in the military he opened his own trucking business in 1980 at the age of 23. He sold the business five years later after becoming Republican ward committeeman for the 26th Ward in Chicago, making him the youngest man to hold that position. He served that position until 1988.
In 1986, Perry Mandera founded The Custom Companies, Inc. This company started as a two-truck operation and their motto was (and still is) “One call does it all”. The goal of the company was to provide a comprehensive transportation solution for their clients. Mandera felt that there was no need for their clients to need to call multiple companies for their different transportation needs. In order to fulfill their vision, The Custom Companies quickly expanded to meet customer needs. They now operate in all 50 states and their transportation services include trucking services, domestic and international freight flights, logistics management services, and more. The Custom Companies, Inc. has become a huge success with sales over $200 million.
Perry Mandera, the Philanthropist
Perry Mandera is a devoted Christian, family man, and a man who gives back to his community. After The Custom Company took off, Mandera founded Custom Care Charities, a 501(c)(3) organization. This organization supports many charitable efforts in Illinois, as well as some national charities. This charity supports programs for veterans, underpriveleged children, youth sports teams, and victims of natural disasters.
Perry Mandera is a very successful man and he attributes his success to his loyal customers, both local and national. He tries to pay it forward by giving back to his community. Through his hard work and selflessness, The Custom Company will continue to thrive.