Founder and president of The Custom Companies, Inc., which offers a range of transportation services to clients throughout North America, Perry Mandera is an innovator in the sector. Named one of the Illinois Transportation Association’s “Top 100 American Transportation Executives of the Millennium,” Perry Mandera is active in charity and serves on the board of The Jesse White Tumblers.
Since its formation in 1959, The Jesse White Tumblers has been provided alternatives to inner-city children to keep them away from gang- and drug-related activities. To do this, it operates a tumbling team training program, specially designed to develop the tumbling skills of students between the ages of 6 and 16.
Each member of the team is selected during a tryout, with those who make the team learning about the philosophies, rules, and self-discipline the charity has based itself upon since foundation. The program and its uniform are free to all participants, who must keep a “C” average or better in school.