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The Tornado Savior- Perry Mandera

In 2013 when Illinois suffered damages due to tornadoes, the man who heeded the call to action was none other than Perry Mandera. Mandera is the entrepreneur behind trucking company The Custom Companies, Inc. During this time of need Mandera arranged for his company, The Custom Companies to deliver food and other supplies to families in need. This was a reoccurrence during the hardships endured as a result of the wake of Hurricane Katrina where The Custom Companies delivered 40 truckloads of supplies to both the residents in Mississippi and Louisiana. Another charitable venture of Mandera’s can be seen in his relief to those affected by the California wildfires. His impact can be further observed in looking at his companies’ charitable organization, Custom Cares and its donations in food and supplies throughout various times of the year.

But who truly is Perry Mandera? In looking at various aspects of Mandera’s claim to fame in entrepreneurship, as well as his life post that it seems as though Perry Mandera is a true self-built philanthropist. In the time building up to the creation of Perry Mandera’s main company, The Custom Cares, Inc he was a part of the U.S. Marine Corp Reserves, where he was assigned to the motor pool. Here was where he picked up truck driving, which he was later able to apply in his civilian life working for a trucking company, and beyond this in 1980 to create his own company which he later sold in 1985. After this came the inception of The Custom Companies Inc in 1986. From its inception The Custom Companies grew to one of the largest and most renowned trucking companies. Its clients range from small startups to Fortune 100 companies. The Custom Companies created by Perry Mandera in 1986 grew to over 300 employees and experienced sales exceeding 200 million. It later went on to offer services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week while having 33 major distribution hubs offering access to over 5,000 various trucking partners. Due to this in 2000 Perry Mandera received acclaim from the Illinois Transportation Association as one of the top 100 transportation executives of a millennium.

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