Perry Mandera has worked in the trucking industry for over 30 years. His experience began while he was a reservist in the Marine Corps working in the motor pool. Mandera opened the first full service transportation company, The Custom Cares Companies, Inc., in 1986 located in Northlake, Illinois. The goal of this company was to offer various types of transportation services under one roof. Since then, The Custom Cares Companies has held the industry standard in quality, world class service. Mandera’s dedication to quality service has certainly paid-off, as it stands, the company makes over $200 million in profits per year.
Over time, Mandera has added two divisions to his company, warehousing and distribution. Warehousing is responsible for labeling, segregating, routing, and sorting. The distribution portion of the company, with over 5,000 truckload carriers, offers brokerage services.
In addition to being part of the daily operations of The Custom Cares Companies, Perry Mandera takes pride in giving back. One way he gives back is through his own charity, Custom Cares Charities; which is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Mandera, through this organization, had the opportunity to make monetary donations to a number of families during the holidays, allowing them to have a holiday they wouldn’t have had the opportunity to have otherwise. The charity also received and donated over 6,000 winter coats that were donated to children across the Chicago area. Additionally, the charity sponsors a number of youth sports teams, children and youth organizations, and other charities who aim to cure and prevent cancer.
When there is a natural disaster, Perry Mandera is one of the first to offer assistance. After the tornado hit Washington, Illinois, he donated a number of vehicles that were used to deliver supplies and clean up the aftermath. A similar situation happened after Hurricane Katrina, when Mandera sent a number of trucks full of supplies and food to Mississippi and Louisiana.
While Perry Mandera works hard on a daily basis to ensure his company is successful. He also equally committed to giving back to his community. In the spirit of giving back, Mandera was awarded the “Bishop Shell Award” and the “Citizen of the Year Award.”