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.
Walter and Connie Payton Foundation
Since 1986, The Custom Companies, Inc., and its founder, Perry Mandera, have provided high-quality, customer-focused transportation and shipping options for clients across North America. Ranked among the Illinois Transportation Association’s Top 100 American Transportation Executives of the Millennium in the year 2000, Perry Mandera continues to focus his Chicago-based company on efficiency and customer service.
The company additionally takes an active role in its community, contributing corporate support to a variety of charitable causes. These include the Walter and Connie Payton Foundation, which works to uplift vulnerable members of society and assist them in maintaining dignity and personal pride in achievement.
The WCPF, also based in the Chicago area, is a tribute to the late football legend Walter Payton, nicknamed “Sweetness” for his kind and generous personality. The record-setting Chicago Bears player was also known for his philanthropy, and established the foundation, to concentrate on the needs of underserved children, a year before his death in 1999.
Today, the foundation oversees a holiday toy drive, a school supply drive, and numerous other humanitarian projects that benefit Chicago communities. Its annual “Sweetness” Run, a 5K and 8K run-walk, is sponsored by, among other organizations, the Chicago Bears and The Custom Companies.
Walter & Connie Payton Foundation
As founder and president of The Custom Companies, Inc., Perry Mandera directs a Chicago company that provides dedicated transportation services spanning the nation. Over the decades, Perry Mandera has grown his business to encompass more than 600 employees. His firm maintains a strong community focus and supports the efforts of the Walter & Connie Payton Foundation, which assists the less fortunate.
One major initiative of the foundation is an annual holiday toy drive. With volunteers stationed at the entrance to Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears, football fans are encouraged to drop off unused, unwrapped gifts in their original packaging, to be distributed to children statewide. The Annual Holiday Gift Giving Program also works in partnership with institutions such as the Chicago Heights establishment Club 390.
This foundation initiative is complemented by a back-to-school supply drive that involves sorting and filling backpacks for children. Through these coordinated efforts, some 14,000 in-need children are reached annually, enriching their young lives.
The Custom Companies
Based in Chicago, Perry Mandera leads The Custom Companies, Inc., which provides a host of transportation solutions across North America. Perry Mandera’s company often emphasizes an intermodal approach that is particularly suitable for clients operating within tight budgets.
The most cost-effective way of shipping truckloads, intermodal shipping involves moving cargo in specially made containers that are transported on trains. The firm maintains partnerships with well-established rail service providers such as US Xpress, Schneider National, and Union Pacific Streamline. This approach enables flexible solutions, with 20-foot containers that can hold up to 37,000 pounds of freight and 48 to 53-foot containers that can handle 43,000 pounds.
Among the products that can be shipped through intermodal are various types of food, machinery, and hazardous materials. All moving containers are tracked in real time, with providers offering long-term and spot rates folded within new and ongoing projects.
One of the expedited shipping options offered by the firm through CDN Logistics are “rail-ready” CDNZ trailers, which shorten delivery times and avoid the bottlenecks that can occur with over-the-road truckloads. As one example, the company offers three-day intermodal service between Los Angeles and Chicago, in both directions.