Perry Mandera on the Inspiration That Drives Him

Business owner Perry Mandera is the founder, and Chief Executive Officer of The Custom Companies, Inc. has been in business since 1976. Oer his forty years of experience, Mr. Perry Mandera has amassed a substantial amount of knowledge and expertise in logistics, and transportation. He has worked in a variety of services in those fields and been in shipping for the majority of his career. Mr. Perry Mandera has worked in and around the state of Illinois.


The professional experience of Mr. Perry Mandera started when he was a part of the marines. He was in charge of the transportation of troops and supplies. After leaving the forces of the army, Mr. Perry Mandera ran for office, and in 1984 he was elected to be the Chicago Republican Ward Committeeman for the 26th ward, serving a term of four years. Mr. Perry Mandera was the youngest to have ever served on the committee.


Charitable work is a large part of the life and work of Mr. Perry Mandera. He regularly donates resources to charitable programs and fondly gives his time as well to work as a charity volunteer for a variety of causes. The focus of his work in philanthropy has been on helping children in need and aiding them through financial donations and material support such as transportation and clothing.


Every year, Mr. Perry Mandera conducts a charitable campaign with his business, the Custom Companies, Inc. Employees seek out groups or individuals in need of generous assistance and together with the employees of the company and Mr. Perry Mandera donate funds and material support.


Mr. Perry Mandera highlights inspiration for both his work in business and life overall. He draws inspiration to pursue higher goals in his business career, be more active in philanthropy, and at life from a variety of sources. Mr. Perry Mandera has drawn inspiration from motivational speakers, the accomplishments of his loved ones, his religious background, and the people h works with on a daily basis, as well as all those people that he has helped over the years.

Perry Mandera Gives Back to the Community

Perry Mandera has been an executive in the transportation industry for more than 30 years. Beginning his career straight out of high school as a truck driver in the Marine Corp then continuing to work in the transportation industry following his honorable discharge. After working for several trucking companies, Perry Mandera began his own company in 1980, at the age of 23, which he sold in 1985. After successfully starting a business, Perry Mandera was elected Republican Ward Committeeman for Chicago’s 26th Ward in 1984. He served as Committeeman for a four-year term, ending 1988 (Thebrotalk).

Perry Mandera now serves as the Chief Executive Office (CEO) of the company he founded: The Custom Companies, Inc. Founded in 1986, Custom Co. is a transportation company employing hundreds of people with a desire to give back to communities and charities. To help with this desire, Perry Mandera formed Custom Cares Charity through Custom Co. to support other organizations in community service ( These organizations work to provide community services to help the youth and families, as well as veterans who are in need.

In 2010, Perry Mandera was awarded the Bishop Sheil Award from the Illinois State Crime Commission (ISCC) for is work in supporting the commission outside of his professional activities. The ISCC works in tandem with the Police Athletic League to advance initiatives that reduce crime, reduce juvenile delinquency, strengthen existing laws, and promote a positive relationship with law enforcement and other members of the public.

Perry Mandera also supports various charities in the Chicago area such as the Mercy Home for Boys & Girls. In the summer of 2017, Mercy Home for Boys & Girls helped to create a gardening project by planting flowers and vegetables with the help of volunteers and residents. In 2011, Perry Mandera was awarded the Citizen of the Year Award.