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New President Shakes Up NGSA

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 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 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 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 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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