In the Marine Reserves Perry Mandera was responsible for transporting troops and supplies to various locations; this is where his transportation experience began. After his time serving in the Marines, at the young age of 23, Mandera opened a transportation business, selling it a short five years later. In 1986, Mandera opened Custom Companies, Inc. The company was the first in the industry to offer a number of transportation services under one roof.
The clients of Custom Companies include both small businesses and large, Fortune 100 organizations. To ensure each of his several thousand clients receive top notch customer service, Perry Mandera employs over 350 people at the Illinois location of Custom Companies. Holding the gold standard in the industry has certainly paid off as their revenues surpass $200 million per year.
As the founder and President of the company, Mandera is highly involved in the daily operations. This gives him the opportunity to ensure customer service is at the forefront. The company provides serves 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. To enhance the high-quality customer service, Mandera uses the latest technologies to ensure accuracy in pricing, billing, tracking, and tracing.
Even though Perry Mandera is busy day in and day out, his work and accomplishments in philanthropy work are what really set him apart. He supports a number of charities at the local and national level. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, he sent over 40 truckloads of food and supplies to those areas hit the hardest. Mandera even created the Custom Cares Charities, a non-profit organization with the focus of helping children in need. During the holiday season, Custom Care Charities donated over ten thousand dollars to families in need. The charity has also sponsored over 100 youth sports teams; and offers financial support to youth and young adults who are underprivileged or have suffered from abuse.
So often today, it seems that businesses worry about one thing, themselves. It is a breath of fresh air to know that business and people, like Perry Mandera, exist who place just as much emphasis on giving back as they do on their business.
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