Perry Mandera graduated from high school in 1975. Upon graduation, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. While serving, Mandera learned how to drive trucks, which was the beginning of a long and profitable career. Perry Mandera returned to civilian life after receiving an Honorable Discharge from the Marine Corps.
Perry Mandera took the skills that he had learned in the Marine Corp and went to work for several transportation companies. After working for different companies, Mandera thought it would be better to be the boss and decided to start his own business. He later sold that business and in 1986 he started The Custom Companies. The Custom Companies is a full-service transportation provider that serves thousands of customers from small business to large corporations. Perry Mandera was awarded the honor of being named the “Top 100 American Transportation Executives of the Millennium” in 2000.
Perry Mandera has donated both his time and money to many charities throughout his life and continues to do so today. The charities involving children and veterans are the ones closest to his heart. Some of the charities that he is involved with include The Walter & Connie Payton Foundation and The Jesse White Tumblers. Mandera’s involvement in those charities enabled him the opportunity to donate and deliver 6500 winter coats to children in need in the Chicago area.
The Custom Companies was founded on the idea that everyone should always do what is right and give back to their community. Custom Companies has been able to assist their community on numerous occasions that included helping after a tornado in 2013 and after Hurricane Katrina. This led Perry Mandera to form a charity within his own company charity called Custom Cares Charities. It is through this charity that Perry Mandera and his employees are able to provide a happy holiday season to needy families.