Philanthropist Perry Mandera is committed to his community

About Perry Mandera

Perry Mandera is the founder and owner of The Custom Companies, Inc. Perry has demonstrated a commitment to giving throughout his life, starting when he joined the United States Marine Corps Reserve right out of high school in 1975. This later translated into a career in the transportation industry. He worked for several different transportation companies before founding his own business in 1980. He later sold that company in 1985.


The Custom Companies

Perry Mandera founded The Custom Companies in 1986. The firm offers transportation services to top-level Fortune 100 companies and small businesses alike – everyone is treated with the same level of courtesy and professionalism.

Logistics solutions from The Custom Companies include LTL and Truckload services – Perry Mandera himself was a truck driver while serving in the US Marine Corps Reserve. The Custom Companies also operates a warehousing and distribution center.


A Personal Commitment

Perry Mandera’s lifetime of generous giving has been guided by his personal moral calling to help others. The Custom Companies have participated in relief efforts for victims of natural disasters; most recently, he has supported transportation and supplies to those affected by the wildfires in California.

Inspired by his own years of military service, Mr. Mandera works with Hiring Our Heroes and Marines For Life, two charities that work to help veterans make the successful transition into non-military careers.

Perry Mandera also supports a number of charities that assist disadvantaged youth, particularly in the Chicago area. He is a board member of the Jesse White Tumblers, and the Walter & Connie Payton Foundation.

Mr. Mandera has been recognized for his charitable efforts with a number of awards ( The Illinois State Crime Commission (ISCC) awarded him the Bishop Sheil Award in 2010. In 2011, the ISCC named him its Citizen of the Year.