A seasoned political strategist, Mr. Barlas recently served as Chief of Staff to Senator Kevin O’Toole and Senator-Elect Kristin Corrado. Mr. Barlas’ outstanding public affairs career includes Legislative Director for Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, County Chairman of the Essex County Republican Committee, Former Chairman of the Essex County Young Republicans, Former Chairman of the New Jersey State Young Republicans, and Campaign manager for multiple legislative and county races in North Jersey. Mr. Barlas was also a Financial Sales Consultant at PNC Bank, where he earned his Series 6 securities license.
As Chief of Staff to Senator O’Toole, Mr. Barlas interfaced with a wide range of elected officials, serving as a crisis management resource to local officials during Hurricanes Irene and Sandy. He served as point person for Senator O’Toole and Assemblyman O’Scanlon with the Governor’s Office on critical and high-profile legislation, such as enhanced penalties for child predators, the Madison Holleran Suicide Prevention Act, and legislation that created the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority.
Mr. Barlas is a graduate of Thomas Edison State University and served as an Advisory Board member of the Salvation Army’s Montclair Citadel. He resides in Cedar Grove with his wife Sukaina, where he enjoys playing golf and is a diehard Lakers and Jets fan.