Perry Mandera dropped out high school in 1975 so he could join the Marines. He worked in logistics, an area he found he had an interest in. After receiving his honorable discharge at 25, Perry Mandera founded his own transportation company, The Custom Companies, Inc. in the Chicago area. They offer multiple types of trucks and other forms of transportation for freight for their clients. The company has a revenue stream of over $200 million annually and works with clients big and small.
Many of the core values the companies culture is built from stem from Mandera’s leadership. His own value system is strongly shaped by his military experience and his faith. Perry Mandera tries to spread these values around. Those values include hard work, treating clients like partners instead of customers, innovation and charity.
Charity is one of the strongest values Perry Mandera has brought to his company. Mandera leads by example, donating generously to many causes he believes in as well as dedicating his time and experience to helping organize various charities. The Custom Companies, Inc. has its own charitable wing, Custom Cares Charities Inc., which focuses on many areas of philanthropy, from veterans assistance to disability assistance to disaster relief (Twitter).
His employees are treated as valuable team members no matter their role, with respect being to by word for interaction. They are also encouraged to be charitable themselves, and follow through. From donation drives for hurricane Katrina relief to disaster relief efforts after the California wildfires, employees of The Custom Companies, Inc. have stepped up and met their founders example numerous times.
Mandera also supports many Chicago-based charities that work to solve the cities numerous problems. He donates to many youth groups, particularly the Mercy House for Boys and Girls. Mercy is over a century old and works to house and train homeless teenagers to help get them off the streets and into a position where they can support themselves. Mandera is also active in charities centered around law enforcement and criminal rehabilitation, particularly among teenagers. Mandera also supports many educational and extracurricular programs at schools around the city.
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