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Hal Bozarth: November 1, 1946 - June 12, 2016

Hal Bozarth first joined the Chemistry Council in 1980, and served as its executive director since 1983.
As one of the most prominent, and well-known lobbyists in Trenton, Hal spent almost forty years of his life as a staunch advocate for the constituencies he represented throughout his career, including the NJ State Chamber and NJEA prior to joining CCNJ.
In an interview he gave to NJ Spotlight in 2014, Hal said that as a member of New Jersey Education Association’s first political education committee, “I got involved in politics and caught the bug.’’ Ever since Hal established a reputation in state politics as an honest, and influential advocate.
As executive director of the Chemistry Council of New Jersey for the last thirty-three years, Hal served as the lead advocate for the Council, and the $22 billion chemistry industry. With a staff of six, Hal worked tirelessly on behalf of the membership in his quest to make New Jersey competitive for employers in the chemistry manufacturing sector.
Under his leadership, Hal expanded the Chemistry Council of New Jersey to become one of the state’s premier lobbying association representing chemical, pharmaceutical, petroleum refining, and consumer products companies.  An effective advocate for the business community, Hal utilized his skills and talents to build coalitions and grassroots campaigns around specific issues to help member companies with direct lobbying efforts and to strategically navigate the New Jersey legislative and regulatory processes.
A constant voice on issues regarding environmental regulatory reform in the state, Hal was also known to work well with broad based coalitions, and at times creating coalitions that included  “strange bedfellows” from environmental groups to NJ Citizen Action. He was a deft strategist who knew how to put differences aside when it was necessary to challenge a common adversary.
Hal was instrumental in coordinating the Coalition for Competitive Energy, a coalition of industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential energy users in New Jersey that promoted the facilitation of retail competition and thus lower rates in the New Jersey energy market for all classes of customers.
Following the successful passage of the Energy Deregulation Act, Hal organized member companies of the CCNJ into the largest industrial energy aggregation group in the nation.   With more than 300 Megawatts represented in the aggregation, the CCNJ was able to provide participating companies a collective savings of more than $100,000,000 since 1999. This translates into an average of $2 million in savings per participating company since 1999.  The CCNJ Energy Aggregation Program continues strong today.
One of Mr. Bozarth’s favorite accomplishments was the organization of a broad based coalition to defeat the proposed merger of PSEG and Exelon. The coalition included various environmental groups, NJ Citizen Action, AARP, and various business and trade associations representing all classes of monopoly utility customers. Legislators and administration officials, surprised by the inclusive nature of the coalition credited the group’s efforts in derailing the legislation.
Hal was an All Star athlete.  He was member of the Audubon High School basketball team that won the New Jersey State Basketball Championship in 1964.  He played basketball for Western Kentucky University and was on the championship team in 1966.  He enjoyed golf and often won the longest drive competition in golf tournaments. His happiest days were spent on the golf course with his son.
Hal was a founding member of Old York Country Club, the location of the Hal Bozarth Memorial Golf Outing, and served for a time as a member of the Vestry of St Andrews Episcopal Church.
Hal loved hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains, floating in the Caribbean Sea, horses and history.  He had a generous heart and a great sense of humor.