2015 Chicago Walk to Cure Arthritis Slated for June 6, 2015

In 1986, Perry Mandera founded the Custom Companies, a “full-service transportation company,” and has since grown the company into a leader in domestic freight transportation and logistics. Perry Mandera subsequently created Custom Cares, the philanthropic arm of his company, which supports the Arthritis Foundation, among other beneficiaries

Arthritis is one of the most common causes of disability in the United States, affecting an estimated 52.5 million individuals, or more than one in every five adults. By the year 2030, the number is projected to jump to 67 million Americans. Although there are treatments and preventive strategies for the disease, no cure exists. As the largest platform for the arthritis community nationwide, the Arthritis Foundation is at the forefront of efforts to educate the public, provide access to medications, and fund new research to find a cure.

One of the Foundation’s main fundraising events is the annual Walk to Cure Arthritis. The 2015 Walk to Cure Arthritis will take place in Chicago on June 6, 2015. Featuring three-mile and one-mile courses, the walk will include fundraising incentives as well as several family-friendly, fun activities.

The Advanced Logistics and Technology of The Custom Companies, Inc.

The founder of The Custom Companies, Inc., Perry Mandera has more than 30 years of experience in the transportation industry. A member of the Board for the Illinois Transportation Association, he was named one of the top 100 American transportation executives of the millennium. Since founding The Custom Companies in 1986, Perry Mandera has grown the company to annual sales that exceed $200 million.

Focused on providing the safest, most reliable transportation services available, The Custom Companies serves all points of North America, including Hawaii and Puerto Rico, via truck. Additionally, it can reach any point on the globe through its expedited, trade show, and special handling division, Custom Global Logistics, and its direct mail distribution division, Choice Direct Logistics.

Thanks to its expansive and ever-evolving technologies, The Custom Companies stays on the forefront of the global transportation industry. For instance, its Cheetah Dispatch software allows real-time, GPS-enabled tracking from every driver’s satellite-enabled tablet. In conjunction with the company’s dock and warehouse management systems, clients can track their inventory from storage to shipment to delivery with a unique barcode in a paperless environment. Clients may also receive detailed analytics daily, weekly, monthly, or on demand via The Custom Companies’ web portal.

KIDSS for Kids, Inc.

Entrepreneur and philanthropist Perry Mandera, founder of The Custom Companies, a full-service transportation firm, has accumulated a lengthy record of supporting charities that assist children, including KIDSS for Kids, Inc. The acronym stands for Kindness Is Doing Something Special. The nonprofit organization acts as a fundraising auxiliary for the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Through the generosity of Perry Mandera and his foundation, Custom Cares, along with other supporters, KIDSS for Kids ensures such Family Services Department programs as music therapy, art therapy, and school services continue.

The nonprofit entity also helps to fund a developmental specialist in the neonatal intensive care unit. Recent fundraisers to help reach the organization’s $4 million commitment included the 16th annual Aon Step Up for Kids, which took place in January 2013. The Family Services Department provides enrichment, educational, and support programs for seriously ill and dying children and their families, and most of the offerings are not covered by insurance.

Perry Mandera: Upcoming Fundraisers for Ann’s Hope Foundation

In 1986, entrepreneur Perry Mandera formed Custom Cares as a portal for the distribution of charitable donations to nonprofit organizations. One such organization is Ann’s Hope Foundation, which was established in 2005 by two friends who each lost a loved one to melanoma, a type of skin cancer.

Ann’s Hope Foundation will be hosting a number of events in 2013. The Ninth Annual Block Melanoma 5K Run/3K Walk will take place in Milwaukee later this year. Additionally, the organization will hold the Million Mile March, in which the charity earns one dollar for every mile walked up to 100 miles during the month of March.

This weekend, Ann’s Hope Foundation is presenting its Casino Night on February 23 at the Sheraton Hotel in Brookfield, Wisconsin. The night will include Las Vegas-style gambling, cocktails, and a live auction. Proceeds from the event will go towards expanding awareness of the seriousness of melanoma, highlighting the importance of melanoma screenings, and supporting efforts to find a cure for the disease.

For more information on these events, please visit AnnsHope.org.

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.