Since January is here once again, it’s time for our annual “Intriguing People” issue featur- ing some of our area’s most fascinating men and women. This year, we celebrate local innova- tors and inventors. According to the dictionary, while invention is the “creation of a product or introduction of a process for the first time,” innovation happens when someone “improves on or makes a significant contribution” to some- thing that has already been invented. To put it another way, Thomas Edison was an inventor and Steve Jobs was an innovator. We’re grateful to the Don Ryan Center for Innovation for con- necting us with the creative, forward-thinking folks we feature this month.