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 b…e 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.