Perry Mandera Philanthropic efforts toward Chicago Youths
As the founder of The Custom Companies, Perry Mandera is well recognized in the business world and for his charitable giving. He graduated in 1975 from Chicago high school and joined U.S Marine Corps immediately. He gained essential skills in the marine that would later serve him well in his later life. Perry was in responsible for transporting troops and materials.
He received an honorable discharge when he left Marine Corps, and he went back to Chicago. He joined the transportation industry at the age of 23 and later moved on to start his transportation firm in 1980. He later sold the company in 1985. He developed an interest in politics and 1984. He was elected as Republican Ward Committeeman for Chicago city where he served until 1988. He was the youngest first person to be selected at his age in Chicago city.
In 1986, he established the Custom Care Company that is located in Northlake Illinois with several offices and agents across the United States. The company offers products and logistics services such as LTL and Truckload services, Domestic and worldwide Shipping Forwarding Services Local Cartage and Dedicated Contract Cartage. The company has annual revenue of $200 million with several hundred individuals working for the company. In 2000, the company was recognized by Illinois Trucking Association as the Top 100 American Transport Services of the Millennium.
Over the years, Perry Mandera has been recognized for donating his money and time for various charitable reasons and being generous to many organizations. He has given dollars to serve the needs of Chicago youths, veteran causes and Cancer treatment and prevention foundation. He is on the Board of Directors of Connie Payton and Walter Foundation and The Jesse White Tumblers. Together with his company, they contribute finances to these organization and many others. He ensures that children are given coats during the winter period by donating 6,500 coats to Chicago and the surrounding areas. Since he has much interest in sports, he offers funds and support to more than 100 youth sports teams in Illinois and Chicago. He has also participated in coaching youths in football, baseball, and basketball.