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.