In 1986, Perry Mandera founded Custom Companies, a full-service transportation company. The company began with two trucks and now has a full line of transportation services including domestic and international airfreight, direct mail, expedited ground services, dry vans, full and partial truckloads, temperature controlled and flatbed services. Custom Companies is ISO 9001:2008 certified. They provide customized transportation services for both fortune 500 companies and smaller local companies. Perry Mandera was happy with the growth and performance of his transportation business, but he could see so many needs in the community and society at large were not being met, so he created Custom Cares Charities. In 2013, hurricanes and tornadoes devastated many areas in the United States. Custom Cares transported food, supplies and other necessities to Washington, Illinois after a tornado hit. They did the same for Louisiana and Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina devastated the areas. Perry Mandera sent 40 truckloads of donated and purchased supplies after Katrina hit. In 2017, Custom Companies sent truckloads full of relief supplies and they donated free trucking services to the victims of California wildfires. The Custom Cares is a registered 501(c)(3) charity. The Custom Company uses Custom Cares Charities as their philanthropic outlet (customco.com). Recently, for the Christmas holiday, Custom Companies located in Chicago, Illinois gave local residents thousands of dollars to buy gifts for the children in the hopes that the added money would help make a more fun and magical season for them. Mandera’s focus in not just on kids holiday needs, he also donates time and money to the Jesse White Tumblers. The organization gives kids healthy activities to engage in and keeps them away from the influence of drugs and crime that plagues the streets of Chicago. The students must maintain grades at a certain level and a free tutoring program is offered for those who do not meet the minimum requirements. Mandera also sponsors and coaches boxers. In the recent past, his efforts have resulted in two boxers going to the Olympics. Custom Companies is focused on helping people. It does so in many ways including hiring veterans and giving to causes that help them. Perry Mandera’s two mantras are “Make it Happen” and “Do it right the first time”. He lives it in his work, business structure and in his life.