Pioneers in Premium Graphite Dry-Lubricants for 50 Years.
Our success as a business depends on Huron’s best asset: our people. As a woman-owned and woman-led business, the knowledge base of our employees provides exceptional service to our customers. Our talent pool is broad and diverse, and we believe in developing our people so they can reach their potential in providing superior customer service. Related programs and resources support our employees in attaining this achievement.
Huron Industries Inc. Founder
John William Boukamp II
John William Boukamp II was born in Muskegon, Michigan on March 26, 1925. After moving to Port Huron as a young child and graduating from Port Huron High School in 1942, he received both his BA and MBA from the University of Michigan. He enlisted U.S. Navy through the Officers Training Program, and his early work experience illuminated the need for a specialty lubricant in the nuclear industry.
In response, he formed Huron Industries, Inc. Mr. Boukamp completed the testing requirements necessary to have Neolube No. 1, placed on the Department of Defense Qualified Products List, where it has remained since 1974.
Once Neolube No. 1 was established as an effective lubricant for nuclear submarines, Mr. Boukamp pursued other lubricants and sealants to be used in the upcoming market of Nuclear Power. John Boukamp passed away in Port Huron on December 29, 2007, but his legacy lives on through our family-owned business.
President & Chief Executive Officer
As Chief Exectutive Officer at Huron Industries, Inc., Debra Hardy is responsible for the domestic and global operations of the company.
She brings more than 36 years of experience to Huron. Her experience and leadership have been focused on developing and delivering high-quality lubricants and sealants, providing outstanding client service, and driving profitable revenue growth. Debra was the key developer in designing and implementing Huron’s Quality System to ISO 9001.
She is responsible for Hurons’ business success, including financial, operational, client service, safety, regulatory, and governmental affairs.
A graduate of Brown University, Vijay has had a long and successful career in business development, fundraising, and strategic initiatives.
Starting with US Squash, Vijay created, developed, and executed its first fundraising campaign, participated in an Olympic bid, and overhauled the whole organizational structure.
Following his time at US Squash, Vijay returned to his alma mater, Brown University, to work in their International Development office. During his six years at Brown University, he successfully closed a total of $48.4 million USD. He was responsible for creating the Brown International Advisory Council, which helps to guide strategic University initiatives to this day.
As Director of International Initiatives in Brown’s Education Department, he created international partnerships focusing on education management and pedagogy with high schools internationally.
Vijay has overseen Huron Industries since December 15th, 2016 in which they have consistently experienced their highest annual gross sales (2017, 2018, 2019) in the company’s history.
Christine Chitnis, is a project manager and publicity specialist.
She has worked in the publishing industry for over a decade, authoring four books, and shepherding countless others through the publishing and publicity process, landing clients on prestigious bestseller lists including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post.
Her goal is to authentically tell her clients stories while engaging their audience and improving sales. Her writing and photography have been featured in Forbes, The Boston Globe, Insider, The Wall Street Journal, and NPR, among others.
She was raised in Michigan, attended the University of Colorado, and now brings to Huron Industries expertise in marketing and publicity, web design, and timeline management.
Brooklyn Gordon recently stepped into a new role on the Huron Industries team. In her role as Manager of Operations and Quality Control Supervisor, she is responsible for our Neolube products worldwide.
Brooklyn works one on one with our customers, manages daily operations, and performs financial activities. She is always willing to be of assistance.
In 2018, Brooklyn received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. She aims to further her education to better assist customers and further lead the company into the future.
Capt Hube Hopkins brings hands-on engineering experiences to the Huron Neolube team. He served on four nuclear submarines over his 24-year career, including as Commanding Officer of USS Sand Lance (SSN-660) and as Engineering Officer on USS Haddo (SSN-604). He’s a graduate of Auburn University with a Mechanical Engineering degree.
Hube brings extensive commercial, international business experience in various high technology areas. As vice president of engineering for Sperry Marine, led the development of the first electronic navigation systems for Navy ships and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.
Hube was president of ATK Integrated Defense Systems, a $350M subsidiary of Alliant Techsystems, managing four manufacturing centers and one research center. His company designed and built high technology systems for the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy.
Since 2006, Hubert Hopkins has focused on business growth for small and medium business owners through business development, marketing, and sales consulting. He owns WSI B2B Marketing, a Digital Marketing firm in Charleston S.C.
Jennifer Swann is the newest member to our team who specializes in quality control and office supervision. She attended Saginaw Valley State University. With a keen eye to detail, Jennifer ensures quality standards are met for the labeling and shipping of our Huron products.
Jennifer is able to help make sure deadlines are met and establishes strong communication between both customers and staff. Jennifer helps keep the office and production process stay well organized and implements quality assurance procedures. Jennifer also shows a strong dedication to customer satisfaction with promising leadership skills.
Nick is contracted to manage website development, search engine optimization, digital brand experience, and several marketing strategies across social media and paid marketing platforms. He oversees lead generation activities from inbound and outbound campaigns and reports analytics to the directors.
Nick owns and operates CreatiVertical LC, a digital marketing company based in Kansas City, Missouri.