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About Us

Deg Priest, President

Deg Priest has been involved with fire testing of building materials since 1977.  His career spans a wide range of product development, fire test equipment design and construction, attendance on consensus standards setting organizations and P&L management of fire testing laboratories.  Most recently, Deg had worked as a Global Senior Director of Operations for the Building Materials department of Intertek.  He was President and one of the founders of Omega Point Laboratories from 1985 to 2005, where he was responsible for the overall testing operations, as well as designing and fabricating fire testing equipment for the company, as well as for clients.  Before forming Omega Point Laboratories, Mr. Priest designed, constructed and operated the large fire resistance furnaces for SwRI in San Antonio, Texas.  Prior to that, he was a part owner of Commercial Testing Company, where he designed, built and operated numerous pieces of equipment for evaluating flammability, fire resistance and other properties.  Deg was the Chairman of ISO TC92 Subcommittee 2 on Fire Containment from 1992 to 2016 and has been active in ASTM Committee E05 since 1977.

Javier O. Trevino, Associate Engineer/Partner

Mr. Trevino graduated with a B. S. degree in Physics from The University of Texas at Austin in December, 1990.  Javier worked at Omega Point Laboratories from February of 1992 to September of 1998 and was involved in furniture and full-scale room fire calorimetry, Special Projects, and ISMA (Intermediate scale Multi-Story Apparatus) testing during that time.  Other responsibilities included roof wind uplift testing and wind force testing on roof shingles.  He also conducted pressure testing of  containment seals for the nuclear industry. When Javier returned to OPL in 2003 - he headed the Special Projects department.  Responsibilities in Room Burn Calorimetry and ISMA testing were resumed.  Other projects included building and installing a full scale calorimeter for the Fire Protection Engineering Department of Oklahoma State University. He alsodesigned/ fabricated a fully automated dual PID computer controlled Guarded Hot Box for testing high temperature reactor core insulation systems for the Nuclear industry. When Intertek acquired Omega Point Laboratories, he was still Manager of Special Projects.  Within that department, he was responsible for designing, fabricating, and calibrating test equipment for all special projects.  This includes Special Room Burns, Valve and Pipe fire/pressure tests, Sprinkler related fire tests, and above ground fuel tanks.  He was also responsible for running ASTM E 72 Structural testing.  He has conducted testing for the nuclear industry in the area of fire testing, and pressure testing of containment seals to simulate a Loss of Coolant Accident (LOCA).  He fabricated and instrumented UL 217 Fire Rooms for testing alarms, and has conducted fire extinguisher testing to UL 711. He has experience in Commercial Kitchen Ventilation (CKV) fire tests and fire testing wire/cable to various UL and IEC standards. He has designed and fabricated electroinic controls for operating  fire resistance furnaces. He recently fabricated and instrumented a 15 Megawatt Jet Fire facility for testing steel coatings for offshore applications. He recently installed and instrumented a full scale Oxygen Consumption Calorimeter in Vancouver and trained the staff in its operation and calibration.  He is well known in the fire test community and is active in the development of fire test methods, and has been particularly influential in re-writing calorimetry standards to current levels of technology. Javier is one of the most experienced professionals in the field of Full Scale Oxygen Consumption Calorimetry, having conducted more than 3,000 full scale furniture and room fire calorimetry tests.  Javier has four presentations/publications, including works on room fire, hydraulic fluid, and furniture calorimetry testing. Mr. Trevino continues to be active in numerous task groups and subcommittees within ASTM.  He currently chairs the E1529 High Temperature Fire Testing task group and E1623 ICAL (Intermediate Scale Calorimeter) task group within ASTM E5.  He recently became active in IEEE to help develop a new fire standard for hydrocarbon pool fire testing of wire and cables

Howard Stacy, Senior Scientist/Partner

Howard Stacy has more than thirty five years of experience encompassing a broad range of fire testing, product development, construction litigation support and 3rd party certification for the building products and construction industries.  Most recently Howard served as Vice President and Director of Testing Operations for Western Fire Center (WFCi) from 2003 to 2011, where his responsibilities included the overall direction of commercial fire testing activities involving numerous fire test performance evaluations of a wide variety of walls, floor/ceiling assemblies, doors and windows, room linings, exterior wall and soffit claddings, decking materials, roof coverings, solar panels and furnishings. During his tenure at WFCi, his knowledge of the California wildland urban interface (WUI) code and testing provisions resulted in a preponderance of the product listings published in the in the State Fire Marshal’s WUI Handbook.  Prior to joining WFCi, he was General Manager of USA Building Materials Testing Operations for Intertek Testing from 1995 to 2003, with a significant focus on the testing and certification of fire door and window assemblies, wall and floor-ceiling constructions and roof covering assemblies.  Prior to that, he was Manager of Fire Testing Services for Southwest Research Institute’s Department of Fire Technology from 1988 to 1995, where he directed hundreds of flamespread and flammability tests, and was responsible for the modernization and operation of the department’s flammability testing facilities, which included the construction of SwRI’s ASTM E84 ‘Steiner Tunnel’.  He is also experienced in setting up quality control programs.  Howard is well known in the fire test community and is active in the development of fire test methods.  He is Chairman of the ASTM E05.14 Task Group, and received the E05 Award of Recognition for the development of standard E2707 Test Method for Determining Fire Penetration of Exterior Wall Assemblies.   Howard has been a member of the California State Fire Marshal Wildland Urban Interface Technical Advisory Group since 2004, and led the CSFM Test Standard Working Team responsible for updating the fire test standards referenced in the 2010 California Building Code.  He also has been an active participant in standards development and fire testing of solar photovoltaic modules.

 Jerry Quayle,  Associate Engineer

Jerry Quayle
is a graduate in Timber Technology from Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College and is an Associate of the Institute of Wood Science.  For the last 15 years he has worked in the quality assurance industry both as a manufacturer and for the last 13 years as a senior manager and inspector in the product certification and testing industry gaining Director level for an International Testing and Certification Agency for the EMEA region. Achievements include the development of 3 new certification bodies for the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) accreditation; for EN 45011 product certification and EU Construction Products Notification as a certification provider under the Construction Product Directive Notified Body arrangements, achieved in less than 8 months in all instances.  Jerry has an in-depth knowledge of a wide range of manufacturing, testing and certification activities linked with the building and building component industry including peripheral activities such as electronic testing of systems for smoke, fire and security detection. Jerry's link to his WebSite is: .














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