The Custom Companies, Inc. is a Chicago, Illinois-area firm that offers shipping services to other companies. Their clients range from the smallest of operations to those in the S&P 500. They are a “Full-Service Transportation Provider” and can get a package delivered whether by truck, airplane, or boat. Among their facilities is a U.S. Customs Bonded Warehouse and Distribution Center. The founder of this company was Perry Mandera.
Perry Mandera graduated from high school in 1975. After this he joined the Marine Corp Reserves. After he was honorably discharged he started his first transportation company. He had started this first business in the industry in 1980 and sold it in 1985 (http://www.linkedin.com/in/perry-mandera). A year after this sale was when he established The Custom Companies. Today his company employs several hundred people in Chicago and other cities and brings in more than $200 million in annual revenues. He has received several honors over the years such as having the Illinois Crime Commission give him their President’s Award in 2013.
Perry Mandera is also a committed philanthropist. He donates his time and money to a number of causes. Among these are many causes for both children and veterans, as well as organizations seeking to cure cancer. Two local charities he supports in the Chicago area are The Jessie White Tumblers as well as the Walter & Connie Payton Foundation. Both of the charities seek to help children stay out of trouble and away from things like gangs, drugs, and alcohol.
Another thing that Perry Mandera cares deeply about is limiting his company’s negative impact on the environment. He has formed a partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency to limit the exhaust fumes his trucks emit as well as finding way to deliver things more efficiently. He takes part in the EPA’s SmartWay program, for example, which is designed to help businesses like The Custom Company deliver packages in a more efficient way. He documents the fuel usage of the vehicles in his fleet and their carbon emissions. This data is used to find more optimal solutions so that carbon emissions are reduced during the delivery process.