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Exit Interview: Top role allowed Bellantone to use business skills, creativity

PPAI CEO is stepping down after a decade leading Texas-based group; advises knowing difference between preparing and planning


Feb. 19, 2021
By Kathryn Walson

Paul Bellantone said his role as CEO of Promotional Products Association International has been “the perfect job” for the past 10 years, but it is no longer a good fit for him.

“I looked at what I believe the job description should look like for a future leader of this organization,” he said. “And then I looked at my own skills. And I don’t know that it was the same match there was 20 years ago” when he started at PPAI.

The job of PPAI’s top executive has evolved, along with the association and the promotional products industry, from analog and paper-driven to all digital.