Hawai‘i Gas Hires Former Maui County Environmental Management Director

December 9, 2015, 7:38 AM HST · Updated December 9, 7:38 AM
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Kyle Ginoza. Photo provided by Hawai‘i Gas.

Kyle Ginoza. Photo provided by Hawai‘i Gas.

Hawai‘i Gas has hired Kyle Ginoza as the general manager of its Maui operations.

He will be responsible for overseeing all activities on Maui, including propane supply and distribution, new gas service installation, customer service, and pipeline operations and maintenance.

He joined the company on Nov. 30.

Ginoza brings 18 years of engineering and operations leadership in the fields of environmental waste management, transportation and planning for the public and private sectors.

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He most recently served as director of Maui County’s Department of Environmental Management and is also a former director of the county’s Department of Transportation.

“Kyle is a proven leader who understands the important role that energy plays in the lives of residents and businesses on the Valley Isle,” said Mustafa Demirbag, executive director of operations. “As a Maui native and former county director twice over, he knows what it means to serve our communities and help them thrive. We’re excited to have him lead our Maui team.”

Ginoza will report to Demirbag, who previously served as general manager of Maui operations.

As the director of Maui County’s Department of Environmental Management for the past five years, Ginoza oversaw the management of existing waste and wastewater programs, and the development of new initiatives, such as waste conversion to energy and bioenergy from agriculture.

Earlier in his career, he served as the director of the county’s Department of Transportation, setting the vision for the transportation program and executing objectives in concert with the mayor’s directives.

Ginoza has also served as a project manager for Munekiyo & Hiraga Inc. in Wailuku and as a project engineer with Honeywell International in Torrance, California.

A licensed engineer, Ginoza holds a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University as well as an MBA from the University of California at Los Angeles.

He was born and raised on Maui and was the 1992 Valedictorian of Maui High School.

Hawai‘i Gas is the only government-franchised, full-service gas company manufacturing and distributing gas in Hawai‘i. The company’s market includes the state’s approximately 1.4 million residents and nearly 8 million visitors.

Hawai‘i Gas manufactures synthetic natural gas (SNG) for its utility customers on O‘ahu, and distributes liquefied petroleum gas (LPG, propane), to utility, tank and bottled gas customers throughout the state’s six major islands.

Hawai‘i Gas is the first company to bring liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Hawai‘i. It uses LNG as a backup fuel for its SNG distribution system.

Hawai‘i Gas is a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of Macquarie Infrastructure Company.

For more information, visit hawaiigas.com.

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