Perry Mandera founded The Custom Companies, Inc. in February of 1986. Headquartered in Northlake, IL, The Custom Companies has officers throughout many American cities. The company is a “Full Service Transportation Provider” including logistic and trucking services. The Custom Companies strives to be a one stop shop for customers, saving them money and the hassle of making calls to multiple companies to get a job accomplished. The company employees more than 300 people and has more than $200 million dollars worth of sales. Their clientele includes entrepreneurs who own Fortune 100 companies. Mandera strives to be a hands on leader, preferring to participate in every aspect of his business.
Perry Mandera joined The United States Marine Corps Reserve in 1975, immediately after graduating from a Chicago high school. It was while in The Marines that Mandera learned to drive a truck. He received an Honorable Discharge from the Marines and returned to civilian life. Mandera worked for several different transportation companies before beginning his own company in 1980. That company was later sold in 1985, and then The Custom Companies was founded. Additionally from 1984-1988, Perry Mandera served as the Republican Ward Committeeman for the 26th Ward of Chicago. He was the youngest person to ever be elected to this position.
In addition to his business venture, Mandera has focused much of his energy on charitable ventures. Many of the charities Perry Mandera has worked with are focused on helping children and youth. In addition he has given time and money towards cancer care and protection. The company also provided relief to the victims of the hurricane which ravaged Washington, IL in 2013. Additionally, Mandera founded Custom Care Charities which supports charities whose missions align with Perry Mandera’s charitable goals. Mandera’s company has supported over 100 youth sports teams throughout Chicago and Illinois. One cause that is very near to Mandera’s heart is helping veterans and he has also worked closely with Hiring our Heroes and Marines for Life