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Tony Barlage

Vice President
Rocky Mountain Region

Tony’s career in environmental consulting began in 2003, with formative roles, such as serving as an operations manager for a biofuels startup company, developing him into the well‑rounded team member he is today. Tony’s wide-ranging experience has allowed him to become proficient in all aspects of air quality compliance and permitting, including regulatory and strategic support. His experience also includes work with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) environmental assessments and environmental impact statements, as well as oversight of cleanup and remediation projects. Over the course of his career, Tony has served clients in a variety of industries such as oil and gas, aggregate, commercial, industrial, mining, power generation, and metal fabrication. Tony has a BS in Atmospheric Science from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and has completed coursework in the environmental policy and management program at the University of Denver.

As Vice President of Spirit, Tony manages the Rocky Mountain Region, leads the Employee Development Program, and advances the diversification of services provided and industries served within the company. He continues to serve as the Program Director of the Rocky Mountain Region Air Quality Program, as well as Spirit’s Natural and Cultural Resources Program. In these roles, he provides technical guidance and expertise, mentors the teams, and oversees business development, marketing strategies, and growth of the programs. Tony pioneered the assembly of a Spirit team to provide air consulting services to the Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA), an influential trade group in the state and the western US that is heavily involved in rulemakings and negotiations with both state and federal regulatory agencies on behalf of the oil and gas industry.

What is your favorite city to which you’ve traveled?

I struggle with “favorites”…I have a three-way tie (excluding US cities): Kathmandu, Nepal; Valparaiso, Chile; and Dublin, Ireland.

What is your favorite quote?

“It is the knowledge that I am going to die that creates the focus that I bring to being alive. The urgency of accomplishment. The need to express love – now, not later. If we live forever, why even get out of bed in the morning? Because we always have tomorrow. That’s not the type of life I want to lead.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson

What is your favorite sports team?

Michigan Wolverines Football

What is your favorite food?

Breakfast food, kale, and milkshakes

Why do you like working at Spirit?

I love the people and culture! The supportive, entrepreneurial, and family-like environment make Spirit the most enjoyable place I have ever worked. Our people are intelligent, highly motivated, and team-oriented.