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Perry Mandera is the founder of Custom Cares Charities, a charitable organization dedicated to the transportation industry. Custom Cares Charities follows the directives of Perry Mandera, a man constantly striving to help other people. Mandera is an entrepreneur who cares about his wife and children along with the church he faithfully attends. In addition, he is an avid sports fan and a proud member of the United States Marines Corps Reserve. In addition, he serves on the Illinois Trucking Association (ITA) Board of Directors. Perry attended high school in Chicago and graduated in 1975. He joined the United States Marine Corps Reserves where he was assigned to the motor pool (Bloomberg). While performing his duties in the motor pool, he learned how to drive a truck. When he returned to civilian life after he received an honorable discharge, Perry worked for a few different transportation companies and in 1980, he started his own business and then sold it in 1985. His interest in politics led him to serve as the Republican ward committeeman for the 26th Ward in Chicago from 1984-1988. Perry was the youngest person who had ever been elected as a Republican ward committeeman.
According to statistics, businesses that employ equal numbers of women and men are 15 percent more likely to perform better than competitors with an unbalanced workforce. Also, companies with a more ethnically diverse workforce are 35 percent more likely to perform better than competitors with little diversity in the workplace. Experts said that being open to new ideas is a key component of any company’s success. With diversity, employers have the benefit of a wider array of perspectives that span multiple genders, age groups, ethnic backgrounds and more. Although these statistics sound good, only a few C-level positions are held by women in S&P 500 companies.
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“Let’s start with money,” says Eric Lefkofsky, in a recent blog post that was published in Crain’s Chicago Business. “We spend about $3 trillion a year on health care in this country,” and “roughly one-third is wasted.” The mission of his latest startup, Tempus, is to do what for healthcare that his other companies have done for marketing, transportation, and consumer goods. “By bringing Big Data (along with machine learning and artificial intelligence) to healthcare,” Mr. Lefkofsky believes, “we can reduce mortalities by well over 50 percent.”