It is through the acts of ordinary men that the world becomes a better place every day. Perry Mandera can be described as a man who has dedicated his life to making the world a better place through giving. Joining the Marine Corps Reserves immediately after high school, Perry served as a truck driver for a few years before leaving with an Honorary Discharge. It is this foundation that enabled him to establish his company, Custom Cares Charities Inc., a transportation company headquartered in Illinois. Three decades later the company makes over $200 million in yearly sales and employs many Americans all over the country.
More so, he established an official charitable department of the company (Custom Cares Charities) that focuses on donating to the less privileged in the community. The vast of this disadvantaged population are children, the sick and individuals who served in the military. The Walter and Connie Payton Foundation, Boy/Girl Scout of America, and The Jesse White Tumblers are just some of the key organizations that receive donations from Perry Mandera regularly. During disasters such as hail storms and attacks, Mandera and his company are always at the forefront of helping the victims. In 2013, during Hurricane Katrina storm, he donated food, necessities, and transport services to the victims. Mandera also sponsors hundreds of sports teams in Illinois and gifted students who lack school fees to pursue education. As a sports lover himself, he participates and coaches different sports teams in his community in games such as basketball, baseball, and football.
Accolades and Personal Life
Custom Companies Inc. has received several awards under Perry’s leadership such as the “Top 100 American Executives of the Millennium” in 2000 which was awarded by Illinois Transportation Association. He has also received different awards in Sports, Illinois Crime Commission, NGOs, businesses, and schools for his efforts in helping the community. Currently, he is a board member of Jesse White Tumblers, Illinois Transportation Association,and Walter & Connie Payton Foundation. Apart from being an entrepreneur and a philanthropist, Perry Mandera also held a public office in 1984 when he was elected to the Republican Ward Committeeman in Chicago. At this point, he was the youngest public official to be elected to office. Perry Mandera has been married for more than twenty-five years and has two amazing children.