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Paying it Forward: Perry Mandera

Perry Mandera is a man of many skills and a generous heart. He has a unique story thanks to the extraordinary steps he has taken to get where he is today. He graduated highschool in Chicago, Illinois, in 1975, and went straight into the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. He specialized in operating trucks while there, and used those skills to his advantage by driving for many transportation companies after he returned to Chicago. He even started one of his own, but after 5 years sold it to focus on his political career. He served for the 26th Ward as the Republican Ward Committeeman in Chicago for four years. He happened to be the youngest man to be elected for that position, a testament to his passion and drive for making changes for his community (

Perry Mandera’s latest step has been quite a big one. He started up another transportation company, called Custom Company Inc. He set up this company with a unique motto “One call does it all”, and strives to push his company to achieve just that. Customers range from small businesses to vast corporations across the United States. Custom Company is a full service transportation company, including truckload services, domestic and international air freight forwarding services and even a warehouse distribution center. The Illinois Transportation Association took notice of his company’s expertise and varied services, and put Perry Mandera on the list of “Top 100 American Transportation Executives of the Millennium” in 2000.

Perry Mandera has always tried instilling the act of giving back, by generously donating to various local charities, and also through Custom Company. He frequently donates his trucks and supplies to send relief and aid to areas of the United States when natural disasters strike. He also founded a charity organization called Custom Care Charities through Custom Company, that helps struggling families during the holidays, and supports the local Chicago community through youth sports teams, and financial support and care for those who are underprivileged. Perry Mandera hopes that through the efforts of Custom Company, he can assist his community and customers with a helping hand, and instill a drive to pay it forward.