Perry Mandera is an entrepreneur in the transportation industry. He founded a Northlake, Illinois business called The Custom Companies, Inc. He is also a supporter of the Illinois State Crime Commission and has been awarded twice by them. In 2011 he received Citizen of the Year and in 2010 he was honored with the Bishop Sheil Award. The goal of this organization is to reduce crime and improve the juvenile delinquency rate. They also strive to improve relations between the police and those who are members of the public.
Another organization that Perry Mandera is a member of is the Illinois Trucking Association. This is an organization that lobbies government officials to pass bills that help the transportation industry of Illinois. A current cause that Perry Mandera is focusing on is repealing a law in Illinois called the Commercial Distribution Fee. This fee charges each truck license plate 14.35% which he and others in the industry consider onerous.
After graduating from high school Perry Mandera entered military service by joining the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. While serving he learned to drive heavy trucks. After being discharged from his service he returned to the Chicago area and used his knowledge about heavy trucks to start working in the transportation industry. He ran his own company from 1980 to 1985 when he sold the company to another business.
Returning to the industry in the early part of 1986, Perry Mandera established The Custom Companies (Bloomberg). His company picks up packages and delivers them. He has a wide variety of customers he serves, with everything from S&P 500 companies to small family-owned companies. Over the years he has expanded his company to other cities around the United States.
As a philanthropist, Perry Mandera established Custom Care Charities. This organization was created in order to help others who are in need. Through this organization, Perry Mandera has provided funding to many charities and nonprofits in the areas in which his company does business. One example is that he has consistently supported veterans over the years, including two nonprofits called Marines for Life and Hiring our Heroes.