Vincent Palmieri, Chief Executive Officer at East Coast Power & Gas, LLC, has 20 years of diverse experience in the energy industry. He has designed, managed and led top-performing teams in banking, traditional trading shop, Energy Service Company (“ESCO”) and utility environments covering both physical and financial markets in oil, natural gas and electricity. Vincent has successfully lead organizations through start-up, wind down, acquisition, turnaround and growth modes, while consistently meeting or surpassing shareholder expectations. During his time as CEO at East Coast Power & Gas, sales, customer base, supply volumes and profitability have all increased notably.
Vincent has amassed and mastered a variety of skill sets and competencies, including critical thinking, project and change management, strategic and tactical analysis, risk and financial analysis and operations best practices, enabling him to lead effectively. Known as a motivational leader who drives and delivers measurable financial results, Vincent empowers his teams to succeed.
Prior to joining the East Coast team, Vincent served as advisor of corporate risk controls/market risk for Hess Corporation. He was an associate at Goldman Sachs, an associate director at Fortis Energy, a manager at PSEG Energy Resources & Trade LLC, and the supply coordinator for MX Energy. Vincent began his energy career as an operations analyst with Sempra Energy Trading.
Vincent holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from Pace University. He has certifications in Process Improvement, Project Management, Leadership Essentials and Mentorship. He received the 2012 Project Management Award while with Hess Corporation. Vincent is an active mentor in his alma mater’s alumni give-back program. Vincent is a lifelong Mets, Jets and Rangers fan. He considers his greatest achievement a work in progress – raising his two school-aged children.
Anthony Milanese, President and Co-Founder of East Coast Energy Group, has over 30 years of specialized experience in the energy industry. Mastering in petroleum logistics and risk management along with a penchant for deal-making, Anthony has been able to deliver outstanding financial results while building a well-run, profitable organization. He and his business partner, John Knief, co-founded East Coast Petroleum in 1993 and East Coast Mechanical in 1995. The two co-founded East Coast Energy Group in 2013 after East Coast Power & Gas was added to the family of companies in 2008. East Coast companies offer a range of energy products and services including commodity supply for petroleum, natural gas and electricity, sustainability programs, lighting retrofits, utility audits, boiler conversions and mechanical services. Under Anthony’s leadership, East Coast Energy Group has expanded to serve Long Island, the NY metro area, and mid-state NY. East Coast Energy Group received the Energi 2014 Excellence in Risk Management award under Anthony’s leadership.
Anthony looks forward to directing East Coast Energy Group through additional growth periods and continuing to serve customers with the same amount of pride and care that helped East Coast rise to its current level of success.
Anthony is currently a member of the Howard Beach Kiwanis Club. He enjoys supporting Little League Baseball in his local community.
John Knief, President and Co-Founder of East Coast Energy Group, is a 3rd-generation petroleum industry expert specializing in industrial and commercial boilers and burners. Prior to the formation of any East Coast Energy Group division, John co-owned one of the largest municipal field suppliers servicing the New York Metro area. John’s unparalleled knowledge of the petroleum industry led him to be selected by the former Soviet Union government to partner in the formation of a boiler manufacturing company which field-directed Scotch Marine type boilers in the early 1990s. After the successful launch of East Coast Petroleum in 1993, with the assistance of business partner Anthony Milanese, John applied his expertise and jump-started East Coast Mechanical in 1995. East Coast Energy Group’s latest division, East Coast Power & Gas, was initiated in 2008, bringing a new component to the multifaceted group. Under John’s leadership, East Coast Mechanical holds an R stamp and a PP stamp which permits specialized code welding and is the service representative for companies like AO Smith, Lochinvar, Riello, and formerly, Iron Fireman.
John is proud to provide what he believes is the highest level of customer service in the tri-state area and soon hopes to start servicing an even larger area with the same degree of integrity.
John resides in Merrick but stays active in the Howard Beach Kiwanis Club and has been a supporter of the Ozone Howard Little League for over 20 years. John enjoys fishing and boating and is proud to watch his family legacy live on as his sons Robert and Lenny continue in the industry.
Jay Corn, Chief Financial Officer of East Coast Power & Gas, LLC, has over 25 years of financial and operational experience in the energy industry with a focus on corporate finance, financial reporting, risk management and M&A execution for high-growth energy businesses. Jay’s industry experience includes upstream and midstream energy operations, wholesale and retail energy marketing, and clean energy technology development for both private-equity backed and publicly-held energy companies.
For the past 15 years, Jay has served as CFO for three privately-held retail energy marketing companies with revenues ranging from $100 million to $800 million and with operations in all the deregulated energy markets across the U.S. In his role as CFO, Jay has been responsible for structuring and closing debt and equity financings, leading buy-side and sell-side M&A programs, managing financial reporting and risk management operations and scaling back-office infrastructure to support the fast-paced business growth of these businesses.
Prior to those roles, Mr. Corn served as Vice President of Finance and Corporate Development for New Jersey Resources Corporation, a Fortune 1000 energy services company traded on the NYSE where he managed the capital markets, financial reporting and M&A programs for its deregulated business units including its midstream, wholesale energy trading and retail energy marketing businesses.
Jay graduated from Abilene Christian University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration earned his designation as a Certified Public Accountant one year later. He began his career in public accounting at Arthur Andersen & Co where he specialized in energy taxation. Jay has served on the Board of Directors of Market Hub Partners, the American Gas Finance Company, Distributed Power Coalition of America, and Iroquois Gas Transmission System, where he served as Chairman of the Audit Committee.