It is often said that two of the key characteristics of a successful person are consistency and persistence. If that is true then Perry Mandera, the founder of Custom Companies, Inc. A transportation company established in 1986 that is operated out of its headquarters in Northlake, IL (https://thebrotalk.com/technology/perry-mandera-changes-transportation/). One of the common denominators in Perry Mandera’s entire career and life work has been service to others which he has provided multitudes of over the years in many different capacities.
Mandera began his journey of service the way many young Americans do, he served in the military. Fresh out of a Chicago high school in 1975 he joined the United States Marine Corp. This is where he first began driving a truck and another sign of his consistency whereas he is still operating a transportation company that provides trucking services to many shippers throughout the world until this day.
Following his service in the Marine Corp he immediately went to work in the transportation industry when he rejoined the civilian workforce. Then in 1980 he opened his first business and operated it until 1985 before selling it. Still maintaining consistency, he began his own transportation company in 1986, Custom Companies, Inc. that continues to grow and thrive today.
Perry Mandera’s consistency and persistence does not stop at the entrepreneurial level. His service to others that began back in the Marine Corp as a young man has also continued and like his business, is still growing today. Throughout his life he has served in public office as a Committeeman for 4 years, becoming the youngest person of his time to hold that office seat.
Perry Mandera has always been a service first people first leader. He has received many awards and recognitions in the transportation industry including one of the top awards given to transportation executives by the Illinois Transportation Assoc. Despite all his success in the business world, if you ask Mr Mandera what has been most rewarding to him he will tell you it was the launch and ongoing efforts of Custom Cares Charities. An entire organization that he founded to dedicate its time, efforts and existence to providing needed services and giving back to the community.
Success, public service, community involvement and commitment. The consistency and persistence that Perry Mandera has displayed his entire life.