Perry Mandera joined the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves directly after his high school graduation. He served his country honorably for four years and worked in the transportation industry after his discharge from the Marines.
He started his first company in 1980 and sold it in 1985. Mr. Mandera served his community from 1984 to 1988 as an elected official (the Republican ward for the 26th ward of Chicago). He is the youngest individual to serve in this capacity at the age of 23 years old.
In 1986 Perry started The Custom Companies, Inc., which serves 1,000’s of customers in businesses of all sizes, from small to Fortune 100 companies. His company’s annual sales top $200 Million. The company employs hundreds of people in is committed to providing premier service and his customers reap the benefits.
Mr. Mandera started Custom Cares Charities which is also consistent with a core company value of giving back to the community. The charity’s mission is to support other charities and organizations whose mission is aligned with its own. Examples of Perry’s compassion in action are donations to 1) veterans in need, 2) contributions to cancer research, 3) recurring sponsorship of more than 100 youth sports teams in the Chicago metro area, and so much more.
Perry’s desire to help communities extends to disaster areas throughout the country. When Hurricane Katrina devastated several states, Mr. Mandera sent donated and purchased supplies (40 truckloads) to provide relief to Arkansas and Mississippi. Following the destruction of the recent wildfires in California, he furnished transportation services and donated supplies for the relief efforts.
Mandera gives his resources and his time. This married father of two enjoys spending time with his family. He is very active in his church and shares his time to organize and sponsor activities there and in his community. Perry sits on the boards of the Walter and Connie Payton Foundation and the Jesse White Tumblers.
His philanthropy extends to these foundations and others (ALS Foundation, Toys4Tots, Campus Crusade for Christ…) illustrate the dedication and joy Perry Mandera gets when he gives to others.