Perry Mandera is a business pioneer who turned a small family-owned business into a fortune 500 company. His business, the Custom Companies, Inc. is a full-service trucking company providing transportation for a wide range of needs. Located in Northlake, Illinois, the Custom Companies provides truckload and less than truckload (LTL) services to shippers. Perry Mandera uses his trucks to carry freight and to delivery relief supplies to communities hit by disasters, such Louisiana and Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and California after the 2017 Wildfires. Custom Companies also provides domestic and international air freight, cartage and U.S. bonded warehousing and distribution services.
Perry Mandera arrived at this point in his life after graduating from public high school in 1975 and then enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. He learned to drive a truck while in the Marine Corps. Upon receiving his honorable discharge from the Marines, he landed his first job working for a transportation company. After holding down several jobs, he opened his own transportation company. He was temporarily redirected into politics from 1984-1988, when he served as the Republican Ward Committeeman for the 26th Ward in Chicago.
Before leaving his position in politics, he started the Custom Companies, Inc. in 1986. The company has prospered and in 2000 the Illinois Transportation Association named Perry Mandera one of the Top 100 American Transportation Executives of the Millennium. Perry Mandera has been busy building up the Custom Companies, Inc. devoting his remaining time supporting his community. Mandera contributes time and money to supporting his favorite charities involved with the empowerment and encouragement of children and young athletes.
He consistently support the Walter & Connie Payton Foundation, which strives to help children in Illinois who are a part of the DCFS program and veterans enjoy today and believe in a better tomorrow. Mandera also support the Jesse White Tumbler, which gives inner city kids an alternative to street gangs and other problem activities. Jesse White, a former Illinois athlete and current politician started this program in 1959. Today, Mandera serves as their board of directors. Mandera doesn’t stop there, he frequently seeks to meet whatever need there is, like when he sponsored a coat drive and collected over 6500 winter coats for needy children in Chicago.