Perry Mandera came from humble beginnings, graduating public high school in 1975 and entering the United States Marine Corps. It was during this military experience that Mandera learned to drive a truck as part of his assignment in the motor pool.
Following an Honorable Discharge, Perry Mandera obtained work with a variety of transportation companies and then decided to open his own business in 1980.
Politics seemed a natural step for Perry Mandera at a very young age. In fact, when he served as Republican Ward Committeeman for the 26th Ward in Chicago, he was the youngest ever to hold his position.
In addition to business accolades, Perry Mandera has the heart of a true philanthropist. He founded Custom Cares Charities and has generously donated his time and resources to a variety of charitable causes and organizations over the years. Currently, Mandera sits on the Board of Directors for The Walter and Connie Payton Foundation and The Jesse White Tumblers, in addition to involvement with several other causes including those focused on the needs of children, veterans, and cancer sufferers. Perry is well-known for his exemplary dedication to his family, his long standing focus on church, and his strong commitment to helping those in need.
Mandera remained highly focused on business pursuits, but never lost sight of his calling to help those around him. He has donated substantial sums of money to a variety of charitable organizations, but he chooses to focus most keenly on those which are focused on assisting the youth and veterans of our country. Among the causes he has openly supported are assisting Chicago metropolitan residents by giving 6500 coats to underprivileged children. Another notable cause back by Perry Mandera and his company, The Custom Companies, Inc., includes the tremendous relief efforts through providing transportation and essential supplies to tornado victims in Illinois (Customcares).