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Dr. Mark Holterman’s Journey and How He Became A Surgeon

Dr. Mark Holterman, raised in Wisconsin, went to school at Yale University. He studied biology and graduated in 1980. Dr. Mark Holterman went on to higher education and went to medical school at the University of Virginia. While at the University of Virginia he met a future surgeon and his future wife who inspired him to want to become a surgeon too. The two married in 1988 and had a family. Soon after graduating from the University of Virginia, Mark Holterman became a surgery resident at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center.


His family moved on to Seattle a while after where Dr. Holterman became a pediatric surgeon at the University of Washington’s Children’s Hospital and Medical Center. A couple years after the family moved to Quebec, Canada. Mark Holterman became a research associate for two years at the Clinical Research Institute of Montreal.


In recent time, with plenty experience under his belt, Mark has become the CEO of Mariam Global Health. He has dedicated years to researching, educating and becoming a surgeon. In 2011 he became a professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He teaches pediatrics and surgery. He has also become the pediatric surgeon at the Children’s Hospital of Illinois, St. Francis Medical Center, and the Advocate Christ Children’s Hospital. He also lends his dedicated time to the pediatric patients at the University of Illinois’ hospital facilities.


Mark Holterman still makes time to his research as well. Some of his researches include stem cell, diabetes, and cancer research. He has even got an award for his research from The American Diabetes Association.


Mark also makes time for his own charities and foundations that help kids. He has co-founded a charitable organization called The Hannah Sunshine Foundation (Doximity). This foundation was created to help kids with rare and chronic disorders.


His career has been and continues to be based on providing his knowledge, research, and dedication to those who need a helping hand.

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Perry Mandera Finds Success in the Transportation Industry

If you’re unfamiliar with Perry Mandera, he is the Founder of Custom Companies, Inc, a highly successful transportation and logistics business headquartered in North Lake, IL. In the 30-years that Custom Companies has been in existence, it has enjoyed tremendous growth, attributing their success to their ability to leverage innovation, as means of differentiating themselves from other competitors. What does this mean, exactly? Well, the company employs a range of technologies that help streamline the transportation process, while also providing clients with unparalleled transparency when it comes to the overall transportation of their goods. The Custom Companies uses Dock Management System, which is a paperless technology that uses barcodes to efficiently move freight while minimizing delays. In addition, the Custom Companies also utilizes Warehouse Management System, software that allows clients to track their shipments. Lastly, the Custom Companies uses Cheetah Dispatch, software designed with the drivers in mind; this software makes it possible for drivers to access information like pickup times and proof of delivery documentation.


Perry Mandera realized his passion for the transportation industry at a very young age; the Chicago native, at the age of 23, learned first hand how to operate heavy trucking equipment while serving in the Marine Reserves, and in 1986, with a rudimentary knowledge of the industry, he founded Custom Companies. In 2000, Mandera was ranked top 100 American Transporation Executives and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Trucking Association, a non-profit, full-service trade association aimed at protecting the interest of the Illinois trucking industry (


In addition to his professional endeavors, Perry Mandera is very active in his community, donating generously to a number of causes. In fact, he founded Custom Cares Charities, which is a non-profit aimed at providing support to underprivileged kids; he is also very involved with the Walter and Connie Payton Foundation, where he sits on the Board of Directors (Weebly). If you’re unfamiliar with the foundation, it is a non-profit organization predicated on acquiring and distributing clothing, toys, and school supplies to needy children throughout Illinois. Although tremendously successful, Perry Mandera believes in giving back and finds true reward in helping the community that he himself grew up in.

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