Perry Mandera is a Chicago-area entrepreneur who started his own company in the transportation industry. He did this in 1986 and the business is called The Custom Companies, Inc. Prior to this he had founded another business in the same industry which he sold after five years. He also spent time in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves after he had graduated from high school in 1975.
Today, under Perry Mandera’s leadership, The Custom Companies has thousands of customers across the nation. They provide shipping serves to companies small and large. His company employs over a 1000 people and it generates more than $200 million in revenue each year. Its main offices are in Northlake, Illinois, and it has satellite offices in a number of other cities across the United States.
Perry Mandera was named by the Illinois Transportation Association as one of its “Top 100 American Transportation Executives of the Millenium” in 2000. He is on this organizations board of directors and has handled a number of initiatives for it. One example of this recently took place when he pushed for an Illinois Senate bill to be passed that would eliminate the Commercial Distribution Fee that companies in the trucking industry pay in that state. He said it costs these businesses around $50 million a year and the money doesn’t even go towards building or maintaining roads.
As a philanthropist, Perry Mandera supports a lot of charities. He created Custom Care Charities through which he and his company gives money to other nonprofits (Customco). The main types of nonprofits he supports are ones that provide support for veterans and those that aid children who live in low-income households. One charity he has supported for a long time is the Jesse White Tumblers. This organization, which was established in 1959, strives to keep children in Chicago away from bad influences such as alcohol, drugs, and gangs. On the veteran’s front he also works with Marines for Life and Hiring our Heros and often hires veterans at The Custom Companies.