The Heart of the Businessman: Perry Mandera

Perry Mandera is a pioneer in the transportation industry. After serving in the Marine Corps Reserve after high school, he began his own business in 1980 at the age of 23. He served as Republican Ward Committeeman for the 26th Ward from 1984-1988. At that time, he was the youngest to ever be elected to this position. He started Custom Companies Inc. in 1986 with the Headquarters in Northlake, Illinois. In the year 2000, he was named to the Top 100 American Transportation Executives of the millennium.

Although Perry Mandera is an outstanding businessman, people who know him know that helping others is a top priority for him. He has donated energy and finances to many charitable organizations over the years such as children’s charities, Veteran’s Rights and Cancer research.

His charity organization, Custom Care Charities, helps in many ways to give back to the community. Among many of their charitable acts, they help needy families have a happy holiday season. They also work closely with the organizations Hiring Our Heroes and Marines for Life.

Perry Mandera donated over 40 truckloads of food and supplies to families affected by the tornadoes that ripped through Washington, Illinois in 2013 and to Louisiana and Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina. He has given to the victims of the California wildfires also.

Perry believes in helping children personally and has coached several children sports teams throughout the years. Two of the boxers he has helped coach have gone on to the Olympics. One of his greatest passions is for the Jesse White Tumblers which is an organization to help keep inner city Chicago kids off the streets and out of trouble. This organization requires children keep their grades up and offers tutoring for those who need it.

Perry Mandera’s generosities are far too great to mention them all, but he is definitely living proof that helping others is the right thing to do.