Perry Mandera was only 23 when he owned his first transportation company. He sold that company. Then only one year later he started The Custom Companies, Inc. This is a shipping, logistics and tranporation company. At the time there were five employees. Today that same company has a 500,000 square foot complex in Northlake, Illinois and employees 600 people. Perry Mandera grew his company with a wish, passion and drive to give logistics managers an alternative where all of their needs could be met in one place.
In addition to the Illinois locale The Custom Companies now also operates out of a 250,000 foot facility in Santa Fe Springs, California. As owner, Perry Mandera has led the company to sales that exceed 200 million dollars (Customcares).
Why Transportation? Perry Mandera’s interest began during his service in the United States Marine Corps Reserve where he drove truck for a motor pool. That is where he began to observe and learn the problems and needs of transportation managers. Today Perry Mandera offers his clients 24/7 satellite tracking, warehousing, distribution and both international and domestic forwarding freight services. His accomplishments have been recognized by the Illinois Trucking Association where he holds a spot on the list of the country’s top 100 transportation executives.
Other awards and accolades Perry Mandera has received include the Illinois State Crime Commission Citizen of the Year Award in 2011. Mr. Mandera is always seeking ways to give back to his community and that was recognized again in 2013 when he received the President’s Award from the Illinois Crime Commission. Perry Mandera is a Illinois Trucking Association Board member and Jessie White Foundation Board Member. He also received the Italian American Executives of Tranportation’s Executive of the Year award in 2000.
Perry Mandera is very well known for his philanthropic endeavors. He assisted with the establishment of “Two Soldiers and a Marine” food truck which is owned by disabled veterans. He contributes to The Walter and Connie Payton Foundation extensively. The Custom Companies provided more than 40 truckloads of needed items to victims of Hurricane Katrina. More recently, Perry Mandera provided relief through The Custom Companies for the California wildfires in 2017 in the way of transportation, food and supplies.