Marine For Life Network
A pioneer within the transportation industry, Perry Mandera worked for numerous firms before founding The Custom Companies, Inc., which he continues to serve as president. Prior to this, Perry Mandera was a member of the United States Marine Corps Reserve and he currently backs projects that support marines, including the Marine For Life Network (M4L).
Established to help former marines transition back into civilian life, the M4L operates various social media accounts and holds face-to-face meetings to connect with members and provide them with support. Beyond using its Facebook and LinkedIn accounts to connect marines to various educational resources and expand upon the work it carries out, the M4L operates a national group, alongside four regional groups, via its LinkedIn page to connect marines with each other and various employers.
Further, M4L arranges face-to-face meetings between marines and the organization’s field staff, which includes a network of representatives, four regional network coordinators, and various educational and employment resource managers. These meetings encourage marines to seek out M4L resources while providing access to the M4L’s various local meetings and events.
The Custom Companies, Inc
A longtime Chicago entrepreneur, Perry Mandera has served as president of The Custom Companies, Inc., for more than three decades. Over that time period, Perry Mandera has built his company into a leading provider of transportation and logistics services.
There are many qualities that separate The Custom Companies, Inc., from the competition. For starters, the company offers transit services that consistently rank among the fastest in its region and nationwide. It is able to do this by having control over the entirety of the logistics chain, controlling its own direct line services, and minimizing the amount of time a shipment is handled, which in turn lowers the number of potential situations that can hold up a shipment between its origin and destination, making the overall trip faster.
In addition to its domestic services, The Custom Companies, Inc., also offers service to Canada, transporting items every week. The company is qualified to handle all the paperwork involved in these transactions, including providing a Certificate of Origin, Commercial Invoice, and North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) documentation.
The Custom Companies
Perry Mandera is the founder and president of The Custom Companies, Inc., which provides a range of transportation and logistics services to clients in the United States. In addition to maintaining a fleet that includes refrigerated trucks, Perry Mandera’s company leverages a range of technologies that provide high-quality services to clients.
The Custom Companies’ website incorporates the Cheetah Dispatch Software system, which offers dynamic routing options to ensure optimization of all the company’s pickup and delivery routes. Further, The Custom Companies’ Dock Management System (DMS) eradicates misloading and misrouting issues with a zip code system that ensures the safe, speedy delivery of shipments.
Clients also benefit from access to The Custom Companies’ Warehouse Management System (WMS), which provides inventory visibility at the piece level, allowing users to examine and track their inventory and shipments at all times. Beyond these direct technological services, The Custom Companies equips all of its drivers with tablet computers to provide them with constant access to the company’s systems.
Perry Mandera guides The Custom Companies, Inc., and offers clients throughout Canada, Mexico, and the continental United States a host of transportation services. Perry Mandera’s firm maintains a strong charitable commitment that includes fund recipients such as the Walter and Connie Payton Foundation and the Wounded Warrior Project and its cycling initiative, Soldier Ride.
Offering wounded service members a chance to rehabilitate through shared physical endeavor, Soldier Ride encourages a sense of camaraderie as participants cycle for four days together. All ability levels are welcome, as adaptive bicycles, tricycles, and hand cycles are available to accommodate Warriors with a diversity of disabilities and injuries.
The program is enabled with the assistance of local law enforcement and fire departments, and includes an initial 10-15 mile short ride, followed the next day by a challenging ride of 15 miles and upward. At one such event sponsored by the Chicago Fire Department, Custom Cares contributed 100 cases of Gatorade, which were distributed along routes to participants, who in total cycled 70 miles.