Meet Our Founder

Perry Mandera

Perry Mandera, the founder of The Custom Companies Inc., is a prominent figure in the transportation and logistics industry, known for his entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to philanthropy. Since establishing The Custom Companies in 1986, he has made significant contributions to the world of transportation and logistics, as well as the greater community.

Before his venture into the business world, Perry Mandera served in the United States Marines, where he was responsible for transporting troops and supplies. This experience fostered a deep appreciation for the intricacies of logistics, and how it has an impact on the world.

In 1984, after returning from his military service, Perry Mandera became the youngest Republican Ward Committeeman for the 26th ward in Chicago. This early foray into politics showcased his leadership skills and ability to navigate complex systems.

With a decade of experience in logistics under his belt, Mandera launched The Custom Companies in 1986. The business quickly gained a reputation for its exceptional services and innovative solutions. Over the years, the company has flourished under his guidance, establishing us as a trusted name in transportation and logistics.

Beyond his professional accomplishments, Perry Mandera is known for his philanthropic endeavors. He actively donates his time and resources to programs aimed at assisting the less fortunate, not just in his community but within The Custom Companies, too. He initiated a company-wide campaign encouraging employees to identify individuals in need of assistance. During the holiday season, Mr. Mandera provides additional assistance to the nominated individuals through added resources and support.

In recognition of his significant contributions to the transportation industry, Perry Mandera was honored by the Illinois Transportation Association (ITA) in 2000. The organization named him one of the “Top 100 American Transportation Executives of the Millennium.”

Perry Mandera’s remarkable journey as an entrepreneur, military veteran, and philanthropist has made a lasting impact on both the business world and the lives of those he has helped. His continued dedication to logistics, coupled with his commitment to giving back, has solidified his position as a great leader and community member.