Alexander C. KinzlerChief Executive Officer, President, Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel
Alex Kinzler is the CEO and President of Barnwell Industries, Inc. and serves on its board of directors. He was named CEO in 2016 and has held the positions of President and Chief Operating Officer since 2002. He earned B.A. and J.D. degrees from Case Western Reserve University. Alex’s father, Morton H. Kinzler, founded the company in 1956 with the Barnwell family in Shreveport, Louisiana, where Alex was born. Alex Kinzler joined Barnwell in 1984, and he spearheaded the entitlement attainment and development transactions for Barnwell’s resort property ownerships. He has served on the board of directors of the Hawaii Leeward Planning Conference, of which he served as Chairman for two years, and the Hawaii Island Economic Development Board. Alex and his wife Noreen have three adult sons and have resided in Hawaii for over 36 years. Alex is an avid golfer and musician and enjoys hiking and reading.
Russell M. GiffordExecutive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, Secretary
Russell Gifford, a Certified Public Accountant, is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Barnwell Industries, Inc. He joined Barnwell in 1982 as Assistant Controller and has held the titles of Secretary since 2002, Executive Vice President since 1997, Treasurer since 1986 and Chief Financial Officer since 1985. Russell has also served as President of Water Resources International, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, since 1999. Prior to joining Barnwell, Russell earned a B.S. degree from Wake Forest University and was an accounting and audit professional with Touche Ross & Company, New York City. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of La Pietra, Hawaii School for Girls and the Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of Hanahau’oli School. Additionally, he is the Chair of the Audit Committee of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hawaii.