Founded by Perry Mandera, owner of the highly successful Chicago-based transportation business The Custom Companies, Inc., Custom Cares Charities has established itself as a leading nonprofit outfit in Chicago, dedicated to improving the lives and wellbeing of less fortunate children and families. Custom Cares stands as yet another outlet through which Perry Mandera’s love for charity can be expressed; Mandera has worked extensively in youth sports, coaching basketball, football and baseball teams, while also serving on the board of directors of the Jesse White Tumblers, which runs a tumbling program for children and creates an incentive for its participants to pursue academic excellence (https://angel.co/perry-mandera).
Even before the founding of Custom Cares, Mandera’s Custom Companies was actively involved in the community in a charitable capacity, providing aid to victims of the 2013 Washington, Illinois tornado, Hurricane Katrina and the California wildfires. Mandera, in a private capacity, serves on the board of directors for the Walter & Connie Payton Foundation and has donated extensively to cancer prevention and research programs. As a armed forces veteran himself, Mandera takes interest in veteran welfare; Custom Cares works hand-in-hand with prominent groups such as Marines for Life and Hiring Our Heroes.
Perry Mandera graduated high school in 1975 and immediately signed up to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, where he first operated trucking machinery. Following an honorable discharge, Mandera worked for a number of businesses in the transportation industry before founding his first business in 1980. He ran the business for five years before selling it shortly after being elected as the Republican Committeeman for the 26th Ward in Chicago – the youngest person elected to that position at the time.
Perry Mandera founded The Custom Companies in 1986 as a full service tranportation outfit designed to provide a host of services for all forms of businesses, ranging from logistic services to domestic and international air freighting, amongst others. Based out of Northlake, Illinois, and with branches all over the country, Mandera’s vision now manifests itself as an employer of hundreds, with an annual income of more than $200 million.