Perry Mandera is a dedicated family and businessman who has led a life of service to his community for over 40 decades. He graduated from Chicago public high-school in 1975 and joined the U.S Marine Corps Reserve. During this time, he was assigned the role of a truck driver, a duty that laid a strong foundation for his career in the transportation industry. Perry’s service at the Reserve was duly recognized when he returned to civilian life.

He developed his skillset by working for different transportation companies. In 1980, at the tender age of 23 years, Perry Mandera started his own transportation company and later sold it. During this time he became the youngest person to serve his community at the position of Republican Ward Committeeman for the 26th Ward in Chicago. He served the people from 1984 to 1988 and remained committed to promoting peace in greater Chicago (

After nearly a decade of hard work and preparation, Perry Mandera founded Custom Companies, Inc. The company is described as a “Full-service transportation provider” as it offers a range of services that help business owners save money while transporting goods. Mandera provides his services to an array of clients ranging from entrepreneurs who own Fortune 100 companies to small family-owned businesses. The company-which makes annual sales exceeding $200 million- has thousands of employees and has its headquarters in Northlake, Illinois.

Perry has a strong commitment to helping the disadvantaged members of his community. He is affiliated with many charity foundations that are aligned with his spirit of giving back. Driven by this passion, Custom Companies Inc. began its own charitable organization called Custom Care Charities. With this charity, Perry Mandera gives back to his community by educating needy children, donating money to victims of natural disasters and working with organizations focused on reducing the global burden of cancer. He also works closely with the ISCC in reducing crime and juvenile delinquency in Chicago.

Perry received the Citizen of the Year Award in 2011 and continues to earn his trustworthy reputation as a responsible member of his community. He is married with two children and is a lover of sports and an active member of his local church.