Founded in 1986, The Custom Companies, Inc. has been headed by founder Perry Mandera the length of its existence; Mandera’s leadership has seen the company grow into a leading transportation provider, working with and on behalf of a variety of businesses, from local family-operated enterprises to Fortune 100 companies. Operating out of Illinois, The Custom Companies provides services ranging from domestic and international air freighting to direct mail distribution and logistics management, among others.
Upon graduating high school in 1975, Perry Mandera served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves, where he first operated heavy trucking equipment. After being honorably discharged, he launched a career in transportation, and by his early twenties had gained a wealth of experience working for numerous companies.
In 1980, at age 23, Mandera started his first business, which he would sell five years later to pursue opportunities in politics. He served for four years as a Republican Party committeeman in Chicago and at the time was the youngest person to ever have sat in the committee. During that time, Perry Mandera would launch The Custom Companies.
Now boasting annual revenues of more than $200 million, The Custom Companies has launched its founder into the prominence within the transportation industry, and into a position where he has been able to contribute generously to charities and philanthropic endeavors, but monetarily and with his time.
Perry Mandera serves a member of the board of directors for the Jesse White Tumblers, a gymnastics program founded by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White that serves inner-city children from elementary to high school. Perry is also a board member for the Walter & Connie Payton Foundation, where he recently organized the collection and delivery to the deprived of over 6,000 donated winter coats.
Mandera has focused much of his charitable endeavors on charities geared towards youth development and education and has served as a coach of children’s sports, including football, baseball and basketball. He has also donated money and time to cancer prevention and research efforts, as well as to programs aimed at aiding and supporting veteran causes (Thenewsversion).