Perry Mandera

CEO at The Custom Companies

About Perry Mandera

Trucking magnate Perry Mandera is the founder of The Custom Companies, which pioneered the transportation industry’s full-service model. He has leveraged his commercial success to support a myriad of philanthropic efforts on both a corporate and personal level. The company sponsors a number of Chicago-area youth sports teams, and Mr. Mandera has coached youth football, baseball, and basketball teams. Perry Mandera supported several professional boxers as well, including 1992 super heavyweight Olympic contender Donnell “Doc” Nickelson and Irish middleweight Andy Lee, who competed in the 2004 Olympics. Mr. Mandera also assists in the Special Olympics.

Holding a special place in his heart for children, Perry Mandera established Custom Cares Charities to focus on children’s causes. Beneficiaries of his generosity have included the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, K.I.D.S.S. for Kids (an auxiliary fundraising group at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago), the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Girl Scouts of the United States of America, and the Boy Scouts of America. When Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma caused devastation in the South, Perry Mandera sent dozens of truckloads of food and supplies to Louisiana and Mississippi. He also contributes to organizations assisting victims of AIDS, cancer, muscular dystrophy, leukemia, hunger, and drug and alcohol addiction. His philanthropic efforts include sitting on the boards of the Walter & Connie Payton Foundation and the Jesse White Tumbling Team.

Perry Mandera funds his philanthropy through the exponential growth of The Custom Companies, which he established in 1986. Serving customers from family businesses to Fortune 500 corporations, the transportation firm provides everything from truckload and less than truckload (LTL) shipping, to national and international airfreight forwarding for local and dedicated cartage. A member of the Illinois Trucking Association’s Board of Directors since 2007, in 2000 Perry Mandera was named among the Top 100 American Transportation Executives of the Millennium.

Perry Mandera Discusses the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation (Part 1 of 2)

The Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation (LSCRF) serves as one of the top breast cancer research and education charities in the United States. The organization honors the memory of Lynn Sage, a Chicago woman who battled breast cancer for six years before succumbing to the disease. After Sage’s death at the age of 39, 17 of her friends joined together to found LSCRF.

Founded in 1985, LSCRF lends its support to research possible treatments for breast cancer. In particular, LSCRF maintains research partnerships with institutions such as the Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern University. Since its early years, LSCRF has grown into a major presence in the field of cancer research, and has raised more than $27 million. LSCRF also benefits from low administrative costs of 6 percent, which enable it to donate the overwhelming majority of its contributions to research.

Attention Bears Fans,

On behalf of the Walter & Connie Payton Foundation, I would like to invite you to the Third Annual Tailgate Party Toy Drive on Sunday, October 7, 2012. Kick off is at 3 p.m., but come down to Bill’s Pizza & Pub at 624 South Lake St., Mundelein, Illinois, anytime from 1-6 p.m. that day. Any new, unwrapped children’s toy will get you in the door for free. Each toy donation at the Third Lake and Mundelein locations will earn you one “Bill’s Buck” ($2 value) throughout the toy drive, from September 28 until game day.

As a board member of the Walter & Connie Payton Foundation, I know how much your donations mean to this great cause, and I’m pleased to announce that the Peyton family and other prominent figures will be in attendance.

Bill’s Pizza will donate 10 percent of all sales during the event to the foundation, so please show your support. There will be a fan contest at halftime and other fun prizes.

Perry Mandera

Perry Mandera is a board member of the Walter & Connie Payton Foundation, which supports children who have faced family obstacles. Perry Mandera is President of The Custom Companies, Inc., and founded the company’s own giving organization, Custom Cares Charities.

October Is “Light the Way to Find a Cure” Month

By Perry Mandera

Each October in Chicago, pedestrians and drivers see pink lights brightly lit across 140 of Chicago’s buildings and scores of pink flags. These lights and flags are in support of the city’s “Light the Way to Find a Cure Month,” which strives to remind women to perform regular breast self-exams that lead to the early detection of cancer. If women are diagnosed early, 96 percent of them survive breast cancer, a disease that remains the second leading cause of death of adult women.

This educational campaign is the work of the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation, which raises funds to conduct educational outreach programs, breast cancer screening and treatment, and scientific cancer research at Northwestern University. The foundation’s work resulted in the increased capacity of Northwestern to provide more than 60,000 mammograms each year at the Lynn Sage Breast Screening Center and the Lynn Sage Comprehensive Breast Center. The foundation awards grants and fellowships to promising researchers at Northwestern who test theories and discover new methods for diagnosing and treating breast cancer. Ultimately, the foundation’s goal is to find a cure for breast cancer.

The foundation is named after a valiant and inspirational Chicago resident who died of breast cancer at the young age of 39. Her friends and family came together in 1985 to form this foundation in her honor.

About the Author:

Business executive Perry Mandera has donated to the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation. Mr. Mandera contributes primarily to cancer prevention programs and children’s organizations. As the President of Custom Companies, Mr. Mandera guided the formation of Custom Cares Charities, the corporation’s foundation.

Perry Mandera’s Support of the Chicago Anti-Hunger Federation

As founder and owner of The Custom Companies, Inc., Perry Mandera maintains nationwide transportation and logistics capacities spanning truckling, intermodal services, and international air freight. Perry Mandera is committed to charitable giving and supports nonprofits such as the Lynn Sage Cancer Fund, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and the Chicago Anti-Hunger Federation.

With the motto “dignity... served daily,” the Chicago Anti-Hunger Federation distributes food throughout the Chicagoland area and feeds approximately 150,000 people monthly. A key focus is on lean, healthy foods such as vegetables, fruits, proteins, and grains, which are missing from the diets of many inner-city urban dwellers.

Since 2007, Project Newtrition has operated side-by-side with the Federation’s feeding efforts in providing detailed education on healthy eating choices. Supported by the certified nutritionists and Graduate School of Social Work at Dominican University interns, the initiative also involves volunteer nurses and nursing interns who provide cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure screenings.

Perry Mandera’s philanthropic commitment extends to Custom Cares Charities, which focuses primarily on supporting nonprofits that assist vulnerable and needy children.

Big Rig Manufacturers Announce Greener Engines
By Perry Mandera

Recently, Cummins Inc. informed press that its medium-duty engines meet the U.S. government's upcoming greenhouse gas limitations. Two other truck manufacturers, Volvo Trucks and Mack Trucks, Inc., followed suit and revealed that their vehicles will also comply with the 2014 regulations. Since the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration passed this new standard in August 2011, manufacturers have worked to ensure that their newest models incorporate greener elements. For example, Cummins made hardware modifications that affect the water and fuel pumps, which should result in a 2-percent increase in fuel efficiency. Furthermore, Volvo Trucks has implemented an initiative to decrease the entire company's carbon footprint by shifting operations practices and improving products. The company also improved its trucks' aerodynamics.

About the author: The founder of The Custom Companies, Inc., Perry Mandera has devoted his career to the shipping and transportation industries. Mandera's companies provide full and partial truckload services, airfreight services, and a variety of other shipping solutions.

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