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.