Perry Mandera: Why I Support Truckers Against Trafficking

Since 2009, the nonprofit organization Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) has dedicated itself to fighting back against the heinous crimes of human trafficking and exploitation. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, many thousands of American children are lured into prostitution as sex slaves every year. Although human trafficking is illegal, it is estimated that there are victims of it all across our nation. As the constant travelers of the U.S. highway system, members of the trucking and transportation industry have come together to help stop this vile activity.

Thanks to the efforts of TAT, an industry-specific training DVD has been made available for the orientation process of member workers on the front lines. This includes drivers employed with major transportation carriers, students of truck driving schools, and employees of truck stops and travel plazas.

Furthermore, a 24-hour hotline endorsed by TAT facilitates the reporting of any suspicious activity or signs of possible abuse. Through awareness and education, TAT can help law enforcement bring the perpetrators to justice and put an end to this inhuman practice.

About the Author:
Taking an active role in the community, Perry Mandera donates time, funds, and support to many charitable and socially responsible causes on behalf of his business, the Custom Companies, Inc.


The Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation By Perry Mandera

Founded in 1985, the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation (LSCRF) honors Lynn Sage, a Chicago-area woman who died from breast cancer after fighting the disease for six years. Today, LSCRF maintains affiliations with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern University.

LSCRF provides donor-supplied funding to research projects that are designed to improve understanding of the causes and treatments, as well as potential cures, for breast cancer. In addition, LSCRF dedicates a significant number of resources to educating the public about breast cancer prevention.

Since it was launched by 17 of Lynn Sage’s friends, LSCRF has grown significantly with a board of more than 84 people. The organization has collected more than $27 million for breast cancer research. LSCRF raises much of its money through four annual events held throughout the calendar year and relies on corporate sponsorship to maintain its nonprofit status.

About the Author

Chicago-area businessman and philanthropist Perry Mandera launched his first business in 1980 when he was just 23 years old. Today, he uses the profits from his various business successes to support several charities, including the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation.

Tips for Freight Transportation Perry Mandera

While freight transportation can entail complications, you can streamline the process and make efficient use of your time by planning in advance.

Here are a few tips to help you during planning:

1. Because it may involve multiple geographies that span cities, states, and countries, freight transportation has a lot of paperwork. Make sure that you have collected and documented forms for all possible ports. Also, make sure that you train your staff on not only the forms but also on freight-related questions via mock interview sessions.

2. Fees are a function of the goods being shipped. Thus, custom fees increase with the value of the transported goods. In addition, certain countries also impose special fees known as tariffs on products. Make sure that you have educated your staff about all fees applicable to the goods being shipped.

3. The delivery time for your freight largely depends on final destination. For example, items shipped domestically generally arrive on time and do not involve cargo containers. On the other hand, products shipped to international destinations may be delayed as they involve multiple transit points and forms of transport. It is always helpful to communicate expected dates of shipment and delivery to the receiving party.

About the Author
Perry Mandera is the managing director and founder of The Custom Companies, a freight transportation company with headquarters in Northlake, Illinois.