Perry Mandera’s Phenomenal Career Journey

Perry Mandera is the Chief Executive Officer and the founder of The Custom Companies Incorporation. His career in the logistics and transportation domain has been long and holistic. Mandera has more than 40 years of experience in offering shipping services to clients mainly based in Illinois and in the United States of America at large. His professional experience started when he was serving as a marine in the armed forces. During this time, he supervised the transportation of troops as well as supplies. This role made him realize the impact of the shipping services and he decided to pursue it on a different level.


Perry Mandera left the armed forces but his passion toward service did not end there. He joined politics and decided to run for office. Mr. Mandera was elected as the Republican Ward Committeeman to represent the 26th ward in Chicago and served for one term, four years. He was the youngest committeeman with a Republican ticket at that time. Moreover, Perry Mandera is a philanthropist and he has played active roles in charitable work throughout his life. He always finds ways to help the needy and the underprivileged people in the community. He donates money and other resources to organizations seeking to help the less fortunate people in the society. Mr. Mandera has been particularly keen in assisting needy children through financial donations as well as giving them material support in form of clothes and transportation.


Mandera’s excellence in the shipping industry has earned him several accolades. The Illinois Transportation Association (ITA) named him as one of the “Top 100 American Transportation Executives of the Millennium” in 2000. These awards have been due to his incorporation of new technologies into his business. Apart from using logistics, his company also employs the services of house programmers who customize software to meet the needs of the clients.


Perry Mandera identified that his religious background has helped him in navigating through the business world as it has helped him to make decisions in his business and personal life as well. His experiences have also been a source of inspiration. Mr. Mandera has learned a lot through his mistakes and experiences in his career.

Adam Milstein and the New Liberal Alliance

The Nazis nurtured the alliance between right-wing extremists and Islamic radicals, playing down their differences. The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem confided in Adolf Hitler that the Muslims and the Nazis had the same enemies: “the English, the Jews, and the Communists.” In addition, both sides detested western customs and tolerance. In modern times, Islamic fundamentalists have joined left-wing extremists in their hatred of the west. This strange coalition of Muslim extremists with the extreme right and the extreme left is putting aside differences and coordinating actions against anyone perceived as an enemy. They consistently portray Jews as a powerful interest group subjugating Muslims worldwide.

Adam Milstein and his wife Gila founded the pro-Jewish Milstein Family Foundation, to provide support to a variety of organizations developed to sustain the nation of Israel and the Jewish people.

According to Adam Milstein, the brainwashing starts early in Islamic Madrasas and in western educational institutions. In universities across the United States, Jews are portrayed as white supremacists, colonists occupying captured lands, and dominant oppressors of poor Muslims. At last year’s Chicago Dyke March supporting the gay community, marchers were forced out for displaying the Star of David on their pride flags.

During the Iranian revolution, a union of Islamic radicals, women, teenagers, children, and left-wing radicals protested and eventually overthrew the Shah. Once the Ayatollah Khomeini was in charge, the left, the women and the teenagers were in chains and the children were used as a “crusade” against Saddam Hussein. Wearing plastic “keys to heaven” pendants around their necks, they were marched by the thousands across minefields and into enemy fire. The modern combination of radicals of the left and right combining with Islamic hard-liners is bringing together plans and synchronizing operations.

Israeli-American Adam Milstein was a soldier during the Yom Kippur War before coming to American. After his immigration, he worked his way up in commercial real estate to become a managing director of Hager Pacific Properties. Once retired, Adam Milstein became an impassioned pro-Israel and pro-Jewish speaker and writer. He warns of the developing dangers worldwide that threaten to “delegitimize” and slowly smother the nation of Israel.

How James Dondero Of Highland Capital Management Makes Investment Decisions

As the co-founder and President of Dallas, Texas-based Highland Capital Management, James Dondero has grown accustomed to making bold financial bets. He was on the of the first in the industry to see the potential of collateralized loan obligations and how to make money trading them. His success led to his company now having more than $15 billion invested in fixed income alternative assets. One of his big successes is the company’s Highland Global Allocation fund, HCOAX, which includes many of his best ideas. This fund had a greater return over the last six months than either the Russell 200 index or the S&P 500.

Unlike many funds which hold almost 400 different securities, HCOAX is made up of less than 200. Almost half of the securities are made up of themes which are concentrated on several companies all operating in the same sector. Among the themes he has recently made bets on are Argentina, master limited partnerships, and Vistra Energy which is in the middle of its restructuring process.

Communication flows both ways at Highland Capital Management. Sometimes one of the investment managers at the company suggests an idea that is taken up by James Dondero and other executives at the company. Sometimes Dondero comes up with a new idea that is then assigned to a research team that sees if the idea is feasible or not.

Among other alternative equity assets that James Dondero has developed specialties in are hedge funds, private equity funds, REITs, and institutional separate accounts. He first began working in the financial industry in 1985 when he joined American Express as a Corporate Bond Analyst and was quickly promoted to a Portfolio Manager. He also worked at Protective Life for four years, 1989 to 1993, where he built their GIC subsidiary. In 1993 he partnered with Protective Life and an associate, Mark Okada, and founded Highland Capital Group. After a number of years, he and Okada bought out Protective Life’s share of the company and both now wholly own the company.


The full story about how James Dondero makes bold financial investments can be found at Barron’s.