Perry Mandera knows the value of giving. The Chicago, Illinois entrepreneur and Marines Corps serviceman employs hundreds of his fellow residents through his freight transportation company, The Custom Companies, Inc.
Mandera’s giving isn’t limited to business. His impressive charitable activities extend to a wide range of organizations and causes that provide relief to some of society’s most needy.
His organization Custom Cares Charities, Inc., provides relief through various activities and donations to causes benefiting those who have served in the military and children.
In coordinated efforts with the Walter & Connie Payton Foundation, the Jesse White Tumblers, Mandera has organized transportation and donations supporting the delivery of 6500 coats to needy children in Chicago and the surrounding areas.
Mandera’s other charitable activities have included supporting organizations engaged in the fight against cancer, providing aid and other contributions to victims of natural disasters and giving transportation services to families, whose lives have been adversely affected by natural disasters, across the country.
Most recently Perry Mandera has worked with AkzoNobel and the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls at its Hay Campus, promoting sustainability and social awareness activities. The Gardening Project combined the efforts of volunteers and Mercy Home workers along with residents of the program to revitalize the Home’s garden, planting vegetation and flowers.
Green Thumbs for a Greener World, as the rejuvenation program has become better known, expands the commitment of the organizations to promote self sufficiency and at the same time lower the community’s carbon footprint. The Mercy Home’s residents learn about the satisfaction that comes from participating in activities that promote social responsibility and sustaining the environment.
After graduating from high school in 1975, Perry Manderas decided that the best direction for his life was to sign up for the Marine Corps Reserves.
That decision would have a life altering impact on Mandera’s life. He was assigned transportation duties during his service. Following his honorable discharge, Mandera formed his own transportation company after briefly working at other transportation firms in the area.
The Custom Companies, Inc., was founded by Perry Mandera in 1986. The company has recently exceeded $200 million in revenues.
An active giver, Mandera’s contributions have been recognized in his community and by the media.