Perry Mandera Always Paying It Forward

After graduating from High School in 1975, Perry Mandera served in the U.S Marine Corps Reserves as a motor pool where he first learned to drive trucks. After being honorably discharged, he was on his way to a long career in transportation. By the time he was 23 years old, Mandera had worked for a hand full of transportation companies which led him to start his own business in 1980 of which he later sold five years later.

He was the youngest person elected as a Republican Ward Committeeman in the 26th Ward of Chicago from 1984 to 1988. In 1986, he had started The Custome Companies, Inc, which today serves thousands of customer from family-owned small business to Fortune 100 corporations. His company, as a result, has seen great success, with revenue that exceeds $200 million, employing more several hundred employees across the United States.

In 2000, he was named the “Top 100 American Transportation Executives of the Millennium by the Illinois Transportation Association. As a leader in the community, Perry Mandera has contributed to his time and energy to charitable organizations and causes throughout his career. His focus has been on children, youth, and veterans organizations in addition to Cancer Cures and Prevention. Some of these charities include The Walter & Connie Payton Foundation and The Jesse White Tumblers Organization. Mandera has also supplied transportation and donated 6,500 winter coats for children in need in the Chicagoland county and those surrounding.

When he founded The Custom Companies, Inc. it was on the idea to always do the right thing in giving back to the community. With success they have seen, he has always wanted to pay it forward through their commitment to the community. In doing so, he founded the Customer Cares Charities to further provide support to organizations and individuals in need. It has since become a champion of a diverse set of charities that reflect the values of both Mendera and Customer Cares Charities (

It goes without saying that Perry Mandera has become a man with a bold vision in not only transportation but also in giving back to the community and supporting the advancement of those in need. From humble beginnings, Mandera has continued leaving his mark throughout his years.


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