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Perry Mandera: Secret To Success

Giving back is so important in life. When we get to places that we consider successful we must reach back and help those who are maybe having a rough time to show respect and honor to what we have achieved. There are many ways to give back but serving the community is one of the main ways. The world or universe has a way of helping those who help others and maybe that is truly the biggest secret to success. Someone who may know this already and who is a prime example of what service can provide is Perry Mandera (

Perry Mandera is the leader and CEO of a company called Custom Companies. They in this company do their best to provide transportation for several different members and groups in communities. The company was started in Northlake Illinois in 1986 by Mandera himself. He has received several accolades for work with this business like the inclusion in the to 100 American Transportation Executive of the Millennium from the Illinois transportation association.

Perry Mandera’s giving back goes farther than that. He served as a marine in the military as a youth and a motor polo driver. His job was to get troops and cargo to different places with his vehicle and this might have been the inspiration for his company. After he was done with the armed forces he did a different type of service and giving back. This was as a public 0ffical in the Chicago Illinois’ 26th ward. He ran and was elected to be a Republican Ward Committeeman. Perry Mandera obviously has the itch to help his fellowman from a young age because as a member of the committee he was the youngest at the time to do this in Chicago history.

Mandera’s love of charity is something he is also known for. Especially when it comes to kids he has a penchant for helping out. Through his company and the funds, they raise he donates financial, transportation, and material goods to the youth. He also helped extensively with hurricane Katrina. Perry Mandera has seen success in everything he has done and maybe it’s because he cares to help his fellow man more than to line his pockets.


24 Years Later, Lawrence Bender’s “Killing Zoe” and Generational Zeitgeist

Considering that younger millennials had not been born when “Killing Zoe” was released in 1994, this Lawrence Bender production offers a few interesting clues about the societal views of the generation that preceded them.

“Killing Zoe” is a dark film about a young American who travels to Paris to help a friend with a poorly planned bank robbery that results in terrible bloodshed. The role of Zed is played by Eric Stoltz, an actor whose body of work during the 1980s and 1990s made him a cinematic ambassador of Generation X.

In 1992, Lawrence Bender had already scored a hit with “Reservoir Dogs,” a film that introduced audiences to the stylish crime fiction of director Quentin Tarantino. During the production of “Reservoir Dogs,” Lawrence Bender came across a location that he thought would be ideal to film a bank heist scene; moreover, it was an extremely affordable site. Bender’s business acumen prompted him to keep this Los Angeles location on file; a few months later, he called up his screenwriters to ask if they had any bank heist scripts.

Director Roger Avary did not really have a script ready for Lawrence Bender when he got the call, but this did not stop him from writing one in record time. Avary wrote the script with Stoltz in mind for the role of Zed, a thoroughly disaffected member of Generation X who pretty much waltzes through life with a careless outlook.

“Killing Zoe” presents the strange friendship between Zed and Eric, a deranged Frenchman who traded a journalism career for crime, drugs and dangerous sex. As a high school exchange student, Eric met Zed in Florida, where they robbed convenience stores for fun; both eventually settled on crime as a career, and the film presents them as men who would be amenable if they only cared about the direction of their lives. This blasé attitude was a dark societal trait of Generation X.

After “Killing Zoe,” Lawrence Bender would be nominated for three Oscars. He has received an Independent Spirit Award and two Circuit Community Awards. Bender was born in The Bronx and lives in Southern California; he is 60 years old and has a son with actress Leasi Andrews.