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
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.
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