Perry Mandera; Building a business empire anchored on philanthropy

Success in business and providing thousands of employment opportunities should not be an end in itself. However, it should be reinforced by humility and the heart of giving. Indeed, this is not a feature shared with many corporate executives, entrepreneurs, or investors. Undoubtedly it appears as a natural thing for Perry Mandera and has been shaped by years of hard work and diligence.


Perry Mandera is the founder of Custom Companies, Inc; a transport company started in 1986. Before this, he had served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, which he had joined immediately after high school in 1975. He was a member of the motor pool, where he developed an interest in the transport sector.


He left the service in the early 1980s and worked for several transport companies. At just 23 years old, he started a company which he later sold in 1985. He resolved to start a company that was community-oriented thus giving birth to the Custom Companies. The business currently boasts of a presence in many cities across the United States with the main offices in Northlake, Illinois and Los Angeles, California.


Perry Mandera established the Custom Care Charities to drive his philanthropic work. The division works in collaboration with the leading company to adequately provide support to the needy. Some of the groups who have received immense support include Hiring Our Heroes and Marines for Life, which promote veterans’ welfare. Others include organizations focusing on children and cancer eradication.


Perry has for years worked with organizations such as Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, The Walter and Connie Payton Foundation, and The Jesse White Tumblers to provide food and clothing among other basic needs to children. These organizations have a reputation for helping needy children spanning to thousands since their inception. Perry Mandera has also provided transportation services to victims of disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, California Wildfires, and the tornado that hit Washington in 2013.


Besides these, he has a profound interest in young people. Perry offers mentorship covering business, personal choices, as well as sports to many young people. In fact, he has personally managed and sponsored several personalities who have won global accolades.