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Meet Kiki Dikmen of Choice Energy Services Retail in Galleria

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kiki Dikmen.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Kiki. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started with Choice as a consultant in 2007. Within my first six months, I became the top producer and was quickly promoted to Vice President. In 2009, there was a necessary change in the firm’s upper management, which led to an opportunity as Managing Partner.

Since then I have raised my personal stake in the firm and have added two new locations, Kentucky and New York. Choice has been named one of the fastest growing companies in Houston and has repeatedly ranked as one of Houston Business Journal’s Best Places to Work. Choice has been recognized as a Top 10 Most Promising Energy Management Solution and 20 Most Promising Procurement Solution Provider in the nation. Last but not least, our team has introduced our nationally-recognized utility data management software, CESConnect, which allows customers to manage their energy spend and usage on a single intuitive platform.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
No road to success is easy and there are multiple hurdles to overcome. I started with a handful of challenges when stepping into the Managing Partner position in 2009. I was responsible for opening the two offices in Kentucky and New York, changing the business model from a brokerage to consulting structure, as well as adjusting our strategy and general outlook on the market. Ultimately, every company is only as successful as its people and Choice has made a decision to invest in top talent and it has paid off.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Choice is a full-service energy procurement and utility management company with nation-wide presence and a complete suite of energy management services supported by in-house facility intelligence solutions. Our services include purchasing to tariff analysis, utility tax consultancy to lighting, efficiency, Energy Star engineering studies and a software that puts all services together giving visibility at the executive level for all accounting needs.

Choice leverages its access to wholesale markets through OTC Global Holdings, giving clients access to the widest variety of products and lowest prices available. Despite being a large enough company to make an impact, Choice still acts like a small company being nimble and quick in the decision-making process and offering top notch customer service.

What were you like growing up?
I was always competitive. I grew up playing competitive tennis, volleyball and soccer. I came to the U.S. with a tennis scholarship as a D-1 level player after having success at the national team level and in European circuit tournaments. This competitiveness has stuck with me through my business career and is my daily driving force.

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1 Comment

  1. Edward Eng

    September 27, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Nice!

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