In 1975, right after graduating from Chicago Public High School, Perry Mandera became a United States Marine Corp Reservist. He learned a lot while serving his country, including how to operate any truck of any size. When he left the Marine Corp, Perry Mandera knew two things for sure, the field of transportation was where he would spend his career and he would help people whenever he could.
Perry Mandera started his own business at the young age of twenty three after working several years in transportation for other companies. During that time in his life he realized that one way to make a positive impact on society is to get involved in how policies are made through politics. He became the youngest Republican Ward Committeeman, up to that time, to serve the twenty sixth Ward in Chicago.
In February of 1986, Perry Mandera embarked on a new adventure when he founded The Custom Companies Inc. The thousands of customers they serve depend on them for a large spectrum of logistic products as well as services. Perry Mandera is proud of the role his company plays in bringing relief to victims of natural disasters and in making life better for communities in need. From Hurricane Katrina and tornadoes in Illinois to the wildfires in California, Custom Companies Inc. have been there to help in any way possible.
Perry Mandera was married in 1989 and has two kids. He was always active in their sports activities, coaching baseball, basketball and football. His church is important to him and he and his family serve there as well as through many organizations that provide for needy families and children in the Chicago area and across the United States. Perry Mandera and The Custom Companies Inc. have made a significant difference in the community and the world.