Mandera is the founder of Custom Companies, Inc. that he established in 1986. He developed an interest in the transportation industry while serving in the US Marine Corps Reserves. He joined Marine Corps in 1975 after completing his high school education. After being discharged honorably, he worked in various transportation businesses. He later commenced his own enterprise but sold it after five years.
Perry Mandera joined politics to serve as a committee member for the Republican Party in Chicago for four years. During his service in politics, he was the youngest person to secure such a position. Mandera left politics to start his company, the Customs Companies Inc., which is still flourishing to date. It is a transportation company based in Illinois. The firm hires hundreds of employees, and recently its sales exceeded $200 million. The firm also provides services such as local, contract cartage, and foreign and domestic airfreight forwarding services.
Perry Mandera Achievements
In 2000, he was listed among the Millennium’s Top 100 American Transportation Executives. The Illinois Transportation Association (ITA) compiled the list (Affiliatedork). Perry is currently also serving as a member of board directors of ITA. He has also received appreciation from his various charities for his physical or financial contributions.
Perry Mandera is focused on giving back to the community. Through his company, the Customs Companies, Inc., he founded the Customs Care Charities to support the organizations affiliated with the Custom Companies focus on giving back to the community. The Customs Care Charities sponsors more than 100 Illinois sports teams, extends help to families in need during the holiday seasons and offers financial support towards young adults and children education.
Perry is a board member of the Walter & Connie Payton Foundation and the Jesse White Tumblers both of which have profited from his kindness. Other charitable organizations that he supports include National MS Society, Toys for Tots, ALS Foundation, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Girl Scouts of America, MADD and Campus Crusade for Christ.
Through his company, Perry has donated transportation services to help in the disaster aid efforts, following the 2013 tornado-related distraction. Together with his company, they distributed supplies to the families affected by the destruction.