New President Shakes Up NGSA
There appears to have been a minor shake-up at the Natural Gas
Supply Association (NGSA) this week. It comes during Skip Horvath's
first week as president of the producer group that's still
recovering from an embezzlement scandal uncovered earlier in the
Philip Budzik, vice president of regulatory affairs, and Linda
Schoumacher Rozett, director of public relations, have departed
NGSA. It could not be learned if they were fired or resigned from
the group. "He's pursuing other interests," a source said of
Budzik. Efforts to reach Budzik at home were unsuccessful.
"I have no comment as to what happened. All I can say is Skip's
going to be making some announcements on numerous fronts," the
source noted. "There's no juice here. It's not like we found any
other embezzlement or anything like that. This is something that
Skip and the board [of directors] were working on," he said.
He indicated that NGSA would hire successors for both Budzik and
Rozett. In fact, he said someone has accepted one of the positions
Horvath, formerly with the Interstate Natural Gas Association of
America, became president of NGSA on Aug. 1. He succeeded Nicholas
J. Bush who pleaded guilty last month to defrauding the association
out of $2.8 million over a 16-year period. Bush has been remanded
to the Hope Village halfway house in southeastern Washington D.C.,
pending sentencing in late October.
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