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New President Shakes Up Embattled NGSA

New President Shakes Up Embattled NGSA

There appears to have been a minor shake-up at the Natural Gas Supply Association (NGSA) last week. It came during Skip Horvath's first week as president of the producer group that's still reeling from the effects of an embezzlement scandal uncovered earlier in the year.

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 trade association. "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 told NGI. "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 this was not a downsizing move, but rather that NGSA planned to hire successors for both Budzik and Rozett. In fact, he indicated that someone had accepted one of the positions already.

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 in early July to defrauding the association out of $2.8 million over a 16-year period. Bush, who was charged with one count of mail fraud and one count of tax evasion, was remanded by a federal court judge to the Hope Village halfway house in southeastern Washington D.C., pending sentencing in late October.

Susan Parker

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