Nicole M. Wolter is the President and CEO of HM Manufacturing. With a background in engineering and finance, Nicole joined HM in 2009, working a variety of departments including accounting, quoting, sales and marketing and was later promoted to Vice President of Operations in 2015. Nicole has over 10 years of experience in manufacturing including in-depth training on manual lathes and milling machines, and she is NIMS and CAD certified. Since starting at HM Manufacturing, Nicole has overseen a complete renovation of the company's technology and manufacturing processes. In addition to the redesign of HM’s manufacturing strategies, the company has also added several new technologies, including a new ERP system. Nicole has also been instrumental in expanding HM Manufacturing’s marketing and social media presence in an effort to broaden its reach, increase sales and instill a team mentality amongst employees. Nicole’s leadership and vision has helped HM Manufacturing to thrive and become a leading manufacturer in the power transmission components industry. The company's mission is to provide exemplary service and unmatched quality to our customers.
Nicole is dedicated to promoting manufacturing and supporting the next generation of manufacturing leaders. She serves on the Technology & Manufacturing Association (TMA) Executive Board and the TMA Education Foundation Board, coordinating grants to area high schools with manufacturing programs. As a McHenry High School Advisory Board member, she helps to improve their manufacturing program, offers internships, and mentors students about careers in manufacturing. In December of 2018, Nicole was named a Member of the Board of Directors to the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. As a Member of the Board of Directors, Wolter helps promote legislation and public policies designed to stimulate economic growth and increase Illinois’s business climate.
In 2016, the Daily Herald Business Ledger awarded Nicole and HM Manufacturing their Annual Award for Business Excellence in Manufacturing. The ABBEs highlight successful businesses and organizations and honor the people who make them successful. In 2017, Nicole was honored with the Influential Women in Business Award by the Daily Herald Business Ledger. The IWIB awards highlight outstanding women leaders who excel in business, civic and personal arenas. The 2019 STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Awards selected Nicole as an Honoree.
Nicole is a valuable “go-to” source for business and manufacturing media to promote manufacturing in the U.S. She has been on panel discussions and podcasts, a keynote speaker, featured as an op-ed writer for the Chicago Tribune, and interviewed for publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Hill, Crain’s Chicago Business, Daily Herald Business Ledger, SME Manufacturing Engineering, Manufacturing Talk Radio, and more.
COO & Founder
Ken W. Wolter is the Founder and current COO of HM Manufacturing. As a mechanical engineer, Ken worked as the Assistant Chief Engineer for a stamping company in his earlier years, yet his passion was in designing and building Formula One race cars. While managing 700+ employees at the stamping company, he pursed racing on the weekends and began to design and create parts to make his cars more efficient. While he would travel from race to race people began to ask him about his custom parts and where they could find their own. Due to the interest people had for his home made products, Ken began to manufacture the parts out of his basement and sell them on the road. As demand grew for the custom gears, Ken decided in 1979 to set up shop in a 2,500 sq foot facility located in Schaumburg, IL and began producing timing belt pulleys and gears for the printing industry along with his original automotive products. As HM grew so did the product line which included custom, made to order parts, for packaging, aerospace, medical and food-beverage processing. Today we support the rapid shift towards automation across a variety of industries, including automotive and printing which inspired Ken to establish HM Manufacturing.
Currently, Ken is still engineering, designing and manufacturing tooling that continues to increase efficiency and effectiveness for projects of all sizes. The core values of HM express that no project is too big, nor too small to be done, and each part produced will be of the highest quality and accuracy. These principles are implemented throughout the company, and continue today as our standard. With the passion Ken has for creating and developing new products, his innovative mindset has allowed HM Manufacturing to expand and advance into a leading manufacturer of power transmission components.
Sr. Account Service Representative
Camille Stewart joined the HM team in 2014. She has worked in several capacities: as executive assistant to our CEO, in our Accounting Department, and is currently our Senior Account Service Representative. A natural problem solver, Camille's communication and consulting talents bring her friendly and helpful best to all of our clients with consistent quality, working closely with everyone involved throughout the entire purchasing process with HM, all resulting in a valuable sense of security for our clients. Knowing the internal operations of HM so well, Camille is particularly adept in finding ways to respond quickly to the needs of our clients, prioritizing and resolving issues dealing with pricing, shipping and delivery. Camille's top priority at HM is to assist you in achieving your project's goals through quality service - from your first RFQ to on-time delivery.
To contact Camille Stewart for more information about purchasing from HM Manufacturing, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. / 847-487-8700.