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AWARD-WINNING PHYSICIAN: Dr. James J. LaPolla Jr., podiatrist and owner of Northeast Ohio Foot, Ankle & Wound Centers, is a 2021 recipient of the Aurora International Award given by the Kerecis Corporation to physicians who demonstrate outstanding case presentations and documents research relating to the science of dermatology, wound and burn care.

Recipients are selected by an independent committee that represents leaders in the science of dermatology and wound care.

LaPolla, affiliated with the Steward Sharon Wound Care Center, was one of 12 recipients of this award from more than several hundred submissions. His case presentation involved a patient who had to undergo a below-knee amputation due to widespread infection of the foot and ankle, secondary to complications from his diabetes. LaPolla was able to save the patient’s limb through wound care, patient compliance, and use of the Kerecis xenograft.

He received a scholarship and was invited to present his abstract at a national or international meeting on wounds.

VALLEY COMPANY PRESENTS AT CONFERENCE: Youngstown-based induction professionals have been selected to showcase their innovative 60 Hz line frequency high-efficiency billet heater at the 12th International Extrusion Technology Seminar & Exhibition. aluminum last week in Orlando, Florida.

Induction Professionals President Thomas Kearney introduced the heater developed by his company.

By redesigning the equipment used in the induction heating process, Induction Professionals has found a way to save a business at least 23% of the direct cost of electricity in its heating process.

Additionally, the equipment provides manufacturers with enhanced capabilities to compete in the new, greener energy driven environment that is emerging today.

Induction Professionals, in business for over 20 years, is located in the Ohio Works Industrial Park in Youngstown. The company builds and repairs induction heating and melting equipment for companies in the United States and Europe. In addition, the company offers design services and application-specific consulting and engineering services.

VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS OFFERED: The Credit Union of Ohio will be offering three virtual workshops this week on homeownership and financial best practices. Virtual workshops are free, but pre-registration is required.

A workshop for homeowners will cover home equity loans Tuesday noon. A workshop for first-time home buyers will be held Wednesday at 8 p.m. and a financial health check session will be held Thursday at noon.

View the full program including session descriptions and register at

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PROMOTION AT MIDDLEFIELD: Middlefield Banc Corp. promoted Michael C. Ranttila to vice president of finance for the company.

With this decision, Ranttila also became a member of the management of Middlefield Banc Corp., which is the holding company of The Middlefield Banking Company. He will continue to serve as the bank’s Executive Vice President/CFO, a position he has held since November 2019.

A qualified chartered accountant, Ranttila joined the bank as controller in March 2011 and has extensive experience in financial reporting. He graduated from Youngstown State University with a degree in business administration, as well as a degree from Ohio State University with a master’s degree in business administration.

iSYNERGY EXPANDS THE LIST: iSynergy, a digital marketing agency in Canfield, recently tapped Becky Bertuzzi as a Growth Marketing Specialist for iSynergy and its sister company, Lift Marketing.

In this role, Bertuzzi, a Warren native, has over 10 years of experience in corporate and private marketing management.

Since graduating with a degree in advertising and public relations from Youngstown State University, she has run her own digital marketing company, BSquared, LLC, producing website development, graphic design, and social media management. She was also Director of Marketing at VEC Inc. in Girard.

At Lift Marketing, she will hold the position of artistic director.

898 MARKETING ADDS STAFF: Alec Cole has been hired as a video production editor at 898 Marketing, a Canfield-based strategic marketing and creative consultancy.

Cole came to 898 Marketing from Advantage Video Productions, where he served as Senior Video Editor. In his new role, Cole will plan and produce video shoots, edit videos and add motion graphics to videos that will be released on a variety of media platforms.

A 2017 graduate, Cole attended the Trumbull Career and Technical Center, studying interactive multimedia. He focused on motion graphics and cinematography, including in local and national video production competitions.

DOCTOR JOINS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL: Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatrics recently welcomed Dr. Shannon Thompson to its Alliance office. The firm at 1826 S. Arch Ave. provides pediatric primary care to babies, children and adolescents.

Thompson received her medical degree from Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency at Akron Children’s Hospital and has been practicing medicine since 2018. She is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.

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