SOURCE: Branded Solutions by Edgar Martinez

December 08, 2006 09:00 ET

Edgar Martinez and Image Source Launch Branded Solutions by Edgar Martinez

Combined Brand Recognition and Market Knowledge Creates a Leading Promotional Merchandise Agency

REDMOND, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 8, 2006 -- Former Seattle Mariner, Edgar Martinez, announced today that he has formed a strategic partnership with industry veterans, Brian Haner and Tom Goos, to launch a new promotional merchandise agency called Branded Solutions by Edgar Martinez. The new company will focus business efforts on promotional merchandise and apparel solutions for Fortune 500 companies, as well as sports marketing/merchandise opportunities. Haner and Goos also own and operate Image Source, Inc., an established merchandise agency headquartered in Kirkland, WA.

Branded Solutions by Edgar Martinez is the next-step evolution of Caribbean Apparel, a merchandise agency headed by Edgar Martinez, which will become Branded Solutions by Edgar Martinez. The new company will operate as a sister company with Image Source, each creating independent growth markets.

Martinez will be the CEO and drive new business opportunities at Branded Solutions by Edgar Martinez, while Haner will serve as president and Goos as vice president. The shared management team will create synergies in the marketing, accounting and importing departments. The volume purchasing power resulting from the combined strength of the partnership will create access to additional product lines and brands, enhance direct overseas purchasing strength, as well as generate additional production efficiencies.

"This exciting new relationship brings to Branded Solutions by Edgar Martinez an experienced group of professionals, valuable supplier relationships and overall bandwidth, allowing us to create and execute on new business opportunities," said Edgar Martinez. "Our goal is to become a leading merchandise agency in the Northwest and I am confident that this partnership provides us with the opportunity to realize this goal."

"With 18 seasons as a Seattle Mariner and a 12-year history in doing business in the Pacific Northwest, Edgar Martinez has very powerful brand recognition. In an $18 billion industry, Image Source is currently ranked in the top 2% of agencies nationwide in overall sales volume," said Brian Haner, founder and president of Image Source. "By combining our resources, Branded Solutions by Edgar Martinez will be in an immediate position to execute on current and future business opportunities."

Branded Solutions by Edgar Martinez will be headquartered in Redmond, WA.

About Branded Solutions by Edgar Martinez

Branded Solutions by Edgar Martinez is the next-step evolution of an embroidery and promotions company founded by Edgar Martinez more than a decade ago. Blending creativity with a strategic approach, the Redmond, WA-based company provides high-quality promotional merchandise and corporate apparel, extending the brands of Fortune 500 companies. Branded Solutions by Edgar Martinez is a full-service merchandise agency, with a special focus on sports marketing/merchandise programs.

For more information, please visit www.branded-solutions.com.

About Image Source

Since 1997, the world's leading companies have trusted Image Source, Inc. to provide them with customized solutions to their promotional merchandise and apparel needs. Headquartered in Kirkland, WA, Image Source ranks among the top 2% of agencies nationwide in overall sales volume. Current Image Source clients include Microsoft, Knowledge Learning Centers, Nintendo, Oberto and King County Library System. For more information, please visit www.imagesourceteam.com.

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