Perry Mandera, Ex-Marine Entrepreneur who has changed the Face of the Transport Industry.

Perry Mandera is the founder of a transport and logistics company called The Custom Companies. His company offers a range of logistics related services like local and international freight forwarding, direct mail service, warehousing, contract shipment and logistics management. Mandera has been in the business for more than four decades and his company has conveniently satisfied their customer needs not only just in Illinois but also in extensive North America.


Marine Experience


Perry Mandera started his professional journey while still in the Marines where he was responsible for the transportation of troops and supplies(chronicleweek). It is while in this position that he realizd he was good at the job and also saw the bigger impact transportation and logistics had to a country or even an organization.


Mandera acknowledges that his Marine experience helped me acquire the background know-how regarding the transportation business, but he says he has far deeper memories of his service. He says the partnership and brotherhood feeling he experienced in the Marines is his take away achievement.


Political & Transport Career


Mandera has always felt the need to serve and help people in whichever capacity and this urge to be of service remained alive even after he left the Marines. As a civilian he successfully ran for office and was elected as Ward Committeeman in 1984 via republican ticket, to represent the 26th ward in Chicago. During his time as a Republican Ward Committeeman, he was the youngest; a sign of his will to be of service to the community.


His success at The Custom Companies has attracted admiration from all spheres and gained recognition from the Illinois Transportation Association (ITA) which named him in 2000 in the list of Top 100 American Transportation Executives of the Millennium.


Mandera has integrated the latest technology to help ease his operations in the business. He is not the one to use the average logistics software’s and be content, he goes the extra mile and sources programmers whom he employs to customize his software to meet clients’ specifications and wants.


More about Perry Mandera


Mandera is a charitable man and is always financing poor kids by donating his resources and also his time. He established Custom Care Charities to help financially challenged kids. Annually he asks his employees to help him identify people who are in dire need. He also supports other charities such as Chicago Anti-Hunger Federation AIDS research and Special Olympics. He is also big on sports and has trained youth sports teams besides supporting Olympic boxers.

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