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Perry Mandera, Pioneer of Industries

Perry Mandera is a transportation executive with 30 years experience. In the year 2000, Mandera was named to the “Top 100 American Transportation Executives of the Millennium,” list by the Illinois Transportation Association (ITA), Mandera also started The Custom Companies, Inc. serving family-owned businesses, to Fortune 100 companies, having annual sales exceeding $200 million dollars. In addition to his work activities, Mandera supports the Illinois State Crime Commission (ISCC), which awarded him a Bishop Sheil Award in 2010, and his Citizen of the Year Award in 2011. The ISCC is a non-profit organization with joint operations for the Police Athletic League (Angel.co).


The ISCC hosts no-cost seminars on topics such as gang violence as well as putting together tactical training seminars teaching firearm use. Mandera works for other organizations such as the Walter & Connie Payton Foundation and the Jessie White Tumblers where he sits as a member of the Board of Directors. He has made donations of 6,500 winter coats in addition to also donating 40 truckloads of food to people who were victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Mandera is also a coach for basketball, football and baseball teams in his spare time. Mandera also manages a boxing competitor such as Chicago’s Donnell “Doc ” Nickelson, who competed with the U.S. Olympic Super Heavyweight, 1992, in Barcelona, Spain.


More recently, he has worked with “Irish” Andy Lee, who is a middleweight Olympic athlete who represented Ireland in the 2004 Olympics. Madera has been married since 1989 and has two children (http://chicago.cbslocal.com/tag/perry-mandera/). At The Custom Companies, Madera believes in a solid hands-on, personalized approach, which offers a wide-range of transportation services. The Custom Companies provides customers with a way to get products within an appropriate time.


Smart Way is another organization that is researching how to reduce emissions from trucks that affect the environment, since 2004. Smart Way helps save $196.5 million dollars and managing to reduce emissions at 94 million tons. Global freight activity will increase in the years to come, and Smart Way is there to make sure it doesn’t make a significant impact on the coming climate changes.


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