This article appears in the July 16 issue of Forbes magazine.
Direct Energy Chief Executive Chris Weston needed a new home for his company, which provides electricity, natural gas and home energy services to 6 million residential and business customers across North America. The Toronto firm considered as many as 15 cities for its new headquarters, but only one ever really had a chance. “Houston was the obvious answer in the end for us,” says Weston.
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