It’s not every day you meet an entrepreneur like Perry Mandera. Not only is he exceptionally successful, but he also holds a deep conviction for serving his community and nation.
After graduating high school, Mandera joined the U.S. Marine Corps and worked as a driver. His main responsibilities included transporting troops and the supplies they needed to complete their mission. Working in this capacity gave him a first-hand understanding of the importance of transportation.
After being honorably discharged from the Marine Corps, Mandera started his own transportation company which he sold in order to try his hand in politics (Angel). He was successful in this endeavor becoming the youngest republican ward committeeman to serve in the state of Illinois in 1984.
Later, Mandera went on to found Custom Companies INC. in 1976. Custom Companies INC is a full-service transportation company currently boasting 33 major distribution centers and thousands of associates. Over time, his company has experienced huge success generating sales over $200 million per year. The success of his company has allowed him to pursue his passion for philanthropy.
A devoted father of two, Perry Mandera has a passion for helping children. He sponsors over 100 youth sports teams and has donated over 65000 coats to children in Chicago. He as also donated to numerous charities benefiting children. Some examples include: Girl Scouts of America and Toys for Tots.
Mandera’s philanthropic endeavors are highly diverse. He helps veterans through programs such as Hire our Heroes and Marines for life. When disaster strikes, he has shown himself eager to help. Custom companies aided disaster relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina and during the recent devastating wildfires in California.
Mandera has received numerous awards through his efforts. In 2000, he was the recipient of the “Top 100 American Transportation Executives of the Millennium.” from the Illinois Transportation Association. More recently, he’s received The Illinois Crime Commission’s ISCC Citizen of the Year Award (2011) and The Illinois Crime Commission’s President’s Award (2013)