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November 19, 2020

Biz Buzz: TRAXyL awarded two significant contracts

From top left: FiberTRAX illustration, Titania Solutions Group Inc. President/CEO Jodi Johnson and Warrenton cinematographer Levi Magyar.
I’m very proud that long after I took my uniform off, I still have the opportunity to be close to and support the men and women in uniform in a meaningful way.
— Titania Solutions Group CEO Jodi Johnson
Warrenton-based TRAXyL Inc. has landed two significant contracts to install its proprietary fiber optical cable on road surfaces.

The U.S. Air Force Rapid Sustainment Office awarded the company a $1-million contract to install FiberTRAX on the flight line at Dyess Air Force Base in Texas.

The company also earned a $993,000 contract from the National Science Foundation.

The Small Business Innovation Research project will develop and test prototypes to lower cost of “last mile” connectivity.

“Existing fiber installation methods like trenching require extensive approvals and are labor-intensive, disruptive, and cost-prohibitive, especially in underserved or remote areas,” the agency said in a press release. “ ‘Last mile’ fiber is the most expensive part of any installation, with a market valued at over $50 billion. This solution enables a quick, low-cost deployment of optical fiber directly onto pavement without cutting into the surface, effectively turning a barrier into a pathway.”

TRAXyL in the third quarter also hired its first senior mechanical engineer, Jeffrey Ensminger.

The company has installed demonstration projects at Liberty High School and the Town of Warrenton Public Works Department.

Jodi Johnson “Vetrepreneur of the Year”

Military Alumni magazine has named Jodi Johnson, president/CEO of Vint Hill-based Titania Solutions Group Inc., its “2020 Vetrepreneur of the Year.”

Ms. Johnson founded the company in 2020. Titania, which has grown to 110 full-time employees, provides a variety of IT and training service to military and health care industry clients.

The magazine’s November cover features her with the headline: “How Army veteran Jodi Johnson’s business thrived through sequestration and COVID-19.”

The CEO stresses community and charitable involvement among Titania’s workforce. The article notes: “During the COVID-19 pandemic, every Titania employee received a $1,000 Impact Bonus to be used however they saw fit.”

Titania in 2020 also has received recognition as a Washington Post Top WorkPlace, a Washington Business Journal Best Place to Work and a Gold HIRE Vets Medallion Award winner.

“I’m very proud that long after I took my uniform off, I still have the opportunity to be close to and support the men and women in uniform in a meaningful way,” Mrs. Johnson said in the magazine interview. “Dedication to the team, mission, and each other bodes well for the company, our partnerships, customers and their critical missions, and for the veteran.

“It’s win-win for all and makes Titania a great place to work.”

Washington Technology two years ago recognized the company among the region’s fastest-growing firms.

Warrenton filmmaker busy

Warrenton cinematographer Levi Taylor Magyar photographed two feature films, fishbowl and DC Noir, both recently released on all popular streaming platforms.

Released last month, fishbowl follows three teenage sisters in a small town filled with secrets as their grieving father prepares for the rapture, hoping to reunite his family. Mr. Magyar served as the director of photography.

“My job as director of photography is to have an intimate knowledge of the director’s vision for the film before shooting starts and translate that vision onto the screen,” he says.

He served as the principal camera operator for DC Noir. The crime anthology series came from the short stories of George Pelecanos, screenwriter and television producer behind The Wire and The Deuce.

DC Noir involves four short stories that revolve around a murder plot, a veteran city cop, a drug deal gone wrong and a heroic act.

Mr. Magyar earned a bachelor’s degree in film and video studies at George Mason University.

He and Lindsey Forsten of Profecta Marketing in 2018 formed Film Vision Media, a production company. The cinematographer also works with the Washington Football Charitable Foundation to document “Loads of Love,” a program to reduce absenteeism among at-risk students.

“I love to help people emotionally connect to a story, a person or a character,” Mr. Magyar said. “Once I’m dialed in and capturing an emotion, that’s the peak moment for me.”

He also appreciates the Virginia countryside.

“Whenever I need to clear my head, all I have to do is take a drive down Route 211. This is where I want to go to bed at night.”
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