With more than three decades of experience in the transportation industry, Perry Mandera is the founder of The Custom Companies, Inc., in Northlake, Illinois. Perry Mandera, a board member for the Illinois Trucking Association (ITA), was named one of the top 100 American transportation executives of the millennium.
The Illinois Trucking Association has long been politically active in lobbying for bills that benefit the transportation industry. For instance, the ITA recently announced its support of Illinois Senate Bill 662, which would repeal the Commercial Distribution Fee. The fee is essentially a 14.35 percent sales tax on truck license plates.
The license plate sales tax affects commercial vehicles from 8,001 to 80,000 pounds. The ITA estimates that the tax costs the commercial transportation industry an additional $50 million per year. In addition to the added cost, the irganizationn supports repeal of the tax because the revenue funnels into the state’s general fund and is not earmarked for transportation-related issues such as roads or even the state police.
Mercy Home for Boys & Girls
Chicago-area businessman Perry Mandera owns and operates the freight transportation business The Custom Companies, Inc. Through his business foundation, Perry Mandera gives to numerous charities, including the Mercy Home for Boys & Girls.
Together with volunteers from AkzoNobel, a paint company, the Mercy Home for Boys & Girls recently promoted sustainability initiatives through a gardening project at its Hay Campus. The volunteers and Mercy Home workers and residents joined together to rejuvenate the garden with the planting of vegetables and flowers.
Helping a community reduce its carbon footprint and move toward greater self-sufficiency is an important goal of the project, said Alison Kalantzis, AkzoNobel’s North American Communications Coordinator. In addition, the gardening project, named Green Thumbs for a Greener World, helps educate the young residents of Mercy Home about the value of social responsibility and sustainable practices. Often, these initiatives are focused on children from more affluent backgrounds, but Mercy Home is helping to spread the sustainability message further, said Kalantzis.
American Logistics Group
Founder of The Custom Companies, Inc., Perry Mandera remains committed to offering the best transportation and logistics operations to customers nationwide. In addition to developing and enhancing his own business, Perry Mandera sits on the Board of Directors of American Logistics Group, a federally regulated freight broker company founded in 2006.
Affiliated with the Intermodal Association of North America, the Transportation Intermediaries Association, the Transport and Logistics Council, and BlueBook, American Logistics Group provides freight solutions and technological offerings that include custom-designed software to keep track of all freight and cargo movements.
With more than 5,500 carriers in its network, the organization can deal with partial loads, full truckloads, expedited loads, and heavy haul loads at competitive prices. Dedicated first and foremost to reducing transportation costs, the American Logistics Group remembers each customer is unique, and strives to keep its database up-to-date with the best possible options for each scenario.
Through its proprietary software, customers can gather quotes from selected carriers and see each price, helping to choose the cheapest, swiftest options.
Jesse White Tumblers
Perry Mandera founded The Custom Companies, Inc., in 1986, and continues to oversee all facets of the business. A supporter of multiple philanthropic organizations, Perry Mandera sits on the Board of Directors of the Jesse White Tumblers.
With almost a 60-year history, the Jesse White Tumblers seeks to provide a positive outlet for youth living in inner-city neighborhoods, keeping them away from drugs, alcohol, and gangs while inspiring them to stay in school and keep up their grades. With 1,500 performances each year, these talented youth have performed on television, in movies, and in countries around the world.
The Jesse White Tumblers have seven separate teams. Some have performed in Hong Kong, Bermuda, Belize, Japan and Croatia in the past. They also perform at local sporting events and charity functions, to continue the spirit of giving back.
The Tumblers are supported by a dedicated team of volunteers and donors, Training and uniforms are free to all accepted participants.