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Perry Mandera: From Marine to Transportation Executive and Anti-Crime Advocate

Perry Mandera signed up with the United States Marine Corps Reserve after finishing high school in 1975. He served as a truck driver who perhaps built the foundation for a flourishing career in the transport sector later in his civilian life. After seeking an honorable discharge, Perry Mandera got ready to enhance his skills and worked for different transportation firms for some time. He became an entrepreneur but sold his enterprise. All these experiences proved helpful for Perry Mandera’s future business undertakings and philanthropic activities in his community.



Community Service

Perry Mandera responded to the call of serving the community by taking on a different role in the public sector. People elected him as Committee member of the Republican Ward for Chicago’s 26th Ward, the youngest individual chosen for that post. His public service started in 1984 until 1988. After his four-year stint as a public official, Perry Mandera focused on a life of giving back something in return to his community. He formed his own business with a lifetime vow to charitable acts by creating Custom Care Charities.



Transportation Industry and Anti-Crime Crusade

Perry Mandera established the Customs Companies in 1986. At present, his company caters to thousands of clients and supplies various organizations from small-scale enterprises to top 100 Fortune corporations. The yearly sales of Customs Companies go beyond 200 million dollars. Perry Mandera also employs hundreds of employees in Illinois (Northlake) and other locations in the USA. In the year 2000, the ITA hailed the transportation magnate as among the Top 100 American Transportation Executives of the Millenium.

Aside from his business, Perry Mandera provides support for the Illinois State Crime Commission or ISCC. This agency awarded Ms. Mandera with its 2010 Bishop Sheil Award and Citizen of the Year in 2011. The not for profit organization collaborates with the Police Athletic League in initiatives aimed at reducing juvenile delinquency and criminal activities. While Mr. Mandera became highly successful in his entrepreneurship, his benevolent efforts exemplify the man’s pledge to serving the community. Customs Companies always made it a point to contribute resources to different endeavors in Illinois.