During his time in the US Marines, Perry Mandera gained experience in transportation and logistics when he was tasked with transporting troops and supplies (Resume). Using that experience after his discharge from service he was employed at several transportation companies before founding his own in 1980. He sold that business five years later and for a short time pursued a political career. Today he is the CEO of The Custom Companies, Inc., formed in 1986. The company provides a full range of customized shipment and transportation services.
Mr. Mandera serves as a board member of the Illinois Transportation Association and in 2000 was one of ITA’s “Top 100 American Transportation Executives of the Millennium”.
Mr. Mandera has dedicated his life to his vision of giving back to the community through Custom Care Charities which serves the deserving and underserved. He is inspired by helping young people and children who are underprivileged, abused or generally disadvantaged. He also has a close relationship with the veterans charities Hire Our Heroes and Marines for Life.
Around the holidays every year, Perry Mandera asks his employees to point out people they know who are in need of financial assistance in order to ease the stress people can be under at that time of year.
As a member of the board of two charities, the Walter & Connie Payton Foundation and the Jesse White Tumblers, he donated 6,500 coats and the transportation of those coats in assistance to those charities in the Chicago area where winter temperatures reach dangerous lows.
In addition to Custom Care Charities and his work with the Walter & Connie Payton Foundation and the Jesse White Tumblers, Mr. Mandera has frequently donated resources to various natural disasters including hurricane Katrina, and the California wildfires.
In his free time he coaches various sports for youth and has funded and managed boxers, one of whom competed in the Olympics in 1992 in Barcelona, Spain as well as an Irish boxer who competed in the 2004 Olympics. He also loves to sponsor church activities and has been happily married since 1989 with two children.