Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride Cycling Initiative

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Soldier Ride
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Perry Mandera guides The Custom Companies, Inc., and offers clients throughout Canada, Mexico, and the continental United States a host of transportation services. Perry Mandera’s firm maintains a strong charitable commitment that includes fund recipients such as the Walter and Connie Payton Foundation and the Wounded Warrior Project and its cycling initiative, Soldier Ride.

Offering wounded service members a chance to rehabilitate through shared physical endeavor, Soldier Ride encourages a sense of camaraderie as participants cycle for four days together. All ability levels are welcome, as adaptive bicycles, tricycles, and hand cycles are available to accommodate Warriors with a diversity of disabilities and injuries.

The program is enabled with the assistance of local law enforcement and fire departments, and includes an initial 10-15 mile short ride, followed the next day by a challenging ride of 15 miles and upward. At one such event sponsored by the Chicago Fire Department, Custom Cares contributed 100 cases of Gatorade, which were distributed along routes to participants, who in total cycled 70 miles.

The Jesse White Tumblers Training Program

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Jesse White Tumblers
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Founder and president of The Custom Companies, Inc., which offers a range of transportation services to clients throughout North America, Perry Mandera is an innovator in the sector. Named one of the Illinois Transportation Association’s “Top 100 American Transportation Executives of the Millennium,” Perry Mandera is active in charity and serves on the board of The Jesse White Tumblers.

Since its formation in 1959, The Jesse White Tumblers has been provided alternatives to inner-city children to keep them away from gang- and drug-related activities. To do this, it operates a tumbling team training program, specially designed to develop the tumbling skills of students between the ages of 6 and 16.

Each member of the team is selected during a tryout, with those who make the team learning about the philosophies, rules, and self-discipline the charity has based itself upon since foundation. The program and its uniform are free to all participants, who must keep a “C” average or better in school.

Communication Tips for Youth Sport Coaches

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Communication Tips
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An Illinois Transportation Association board member, Perry Mandera is the president and founder of The Custom Companies, Inc., which dedicates itself to providing a wide variety of transportation services to its clients. In his personal life, Perry Mandera is a sports enthusiast who has coached baseball, basketball, and football at the youth level.

Here are some communication tips for youth sports coaches:

1. Minimize distractions in any way you can to maintain the children’s attention. When speaking to the collective, make sure there is nothing behind you that may take their attention away from what you are saying. A useful tip is to avoid speaking to children when the sun is directly behind you, as the glare cause their concentration to falter.

2. When talking to the children, squat or kneel to their level, which demonstrates respect and allows you to form tighter bonds with your players. Further, it allows you to maintain eye contact, lending your words more authority without making it seem as though you are speaking down to the child.

3. Maintain a positive tone when speaking about areas that need improvement. Tell the child what he or she does well and use this to segue into an area where you would like to see improvement. Always offer a plan of action, such as training drills, for players to focus on when you suggest improvement.

Custom Companies Expands to Include Choice Direct Logistics

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The Custom Companies, Inc
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Perry Mandera is the founder and president of The Custom Companies, Inc., a transportation solutions firm in Northlake, Illinois, that operates over 2,000 pieces of equipment nationwide. Under Perry Mandera’s leadership, The Custom Companies controls a number of successful expansions, including Choice Direct Logistics.

Choice Direct’s offerings serve direct-mail needs and capitalize on The Custom Companies’ 26 years of experience in innovation, using technologies and services previously unseen in the industry that enhance in-home control. Choice Direct also has more than 500,000 square feet of warehouse space in Chicago and Los Angeles, has direct airline and rail contracts, and has access to major processing and distribution sites of the US Postal Service (USPS), including sectional center and auxiliary service facilities as well as network distribution centers.

Authorized by the USPS, Choice Direct offers drop-shipment management systems (DSMS) with complete client visibility. Additionally, USPS authorization enables Choice Direct to deliver co-palletization services that improve home delivery and decrease client costs by combining mail trays from multiple shippers.