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 (http://www.customcares.com/). 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.