ABOUT Image Outfitters
Image Outfitters Headquarters - The Energy Mill
Waterbury Center, VT
We are a full service advertising specialties company offering a wide range of promotional items to promote your company.
We can assist your marketing objectives with these quality programs:
- Corporate recognition programs
- Premiums and Incentives Sales
- Trade Show Programs
- Safety Programs
- Service Awards
- Employee Recognition
- Product Introductions
- Business Gifts
- Sport Tournaments
- Company Outings
- Thank you programs
- E-Commerce Services: online stores and fulfillment services
We help you find a cost-effective way to market and promote your business with custom promotional items that speak to your customers and clients. With the number of companies we work with the possibilities are only limited by your imagination.
Esbert Cardenas, President
Esbert is a native of Miami, FL (now an endangered species). In 1998, after spending 13 years in the seafood industry, Esbert and his wife Kirsten created Image Outfitters. As the business grew, so did their family and in 2008 the Cardenas family relocated to Stowe, VT after visiting and falling in love with the town and its people.
When asked, “What is it that drew you to Stowe?” Esbert answers, “I love the fact that I live in paradise but still have access to businesses all over the world. Our market is not limited to any one geographical location. For me, there has to be a balance between work and family, and above all I enjoy what I do and I have fun doing it. I still take it seriously though, I take it to heart. I have been known to answer the phone at 2am, that’s just who I am. If a customer needs me, then I’m there. But, in my opinion, if you’re not having fun, then you need to find a new line of work. Living in Stowe and seeing how happy my family is while running a successful business is literally a dream come true.”
Kirsten Cardenas, Vice President
Kirsten was born and raised in New Jersey. She has a BA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Miami. After graduating from Michigan, she moved to Frankfurt, Germany where worked for the Florida Department of Commerce and, later, Enterprise Florida. She was responsible for promoting trade from the State of Florida to Europe and direct foreign investment in Florida.
Upon returning to the United States, Kirsten moved to Miami. From 2001-2008 she taught Marketing at the University of Miami School of Business Administration. During her time in Miami, she also met her husband, Esbert, and together with him founded Image-Outfitters, a marketing company specializing in promotional items and planning for small and large businesses.
Mike Cortigiano, Visual Designer + Sales Support
Mike assists in all aspects of the business; from customer service to overseeing production, he plays a key role at Image Outfitters. He has a BFA in Graphic Design and Digital Media from Champlain College, and has professional experience as a carpenter and printmaker. Mike uses this experience to help our customers create fun and beautiful products as smooth (and fun) as possible!
Born and raised just outside of Hartford, CT, Mike moved to Burlington, VT, in 2012 and has been an employee at Image Outfitters since 2016.