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I negotiated Mark's first deal and we had a long talk about the fact that he had gone to law school and never loved the law and that broadcasting was his passion... and it must have been, because when we hired Mark, he worked for very little money, but he was always happy.
We have enjoyed his company on and off air for many, many years. He is a legend in the business of financial news and it was an honor knowing him.
Mark Haines had such an engaging television presence that it is difficult to envision whom CNBC will find to fill his shoes.
He was an original. In every sense. As a producer, what I loved about Mark was that he was truly authentic, and never pretended to be anything but who he was.
I still remember walking up to the New York Stock Exchange many years ago and seeing this formidable man sitting on a small chair smoking a cigarette enjoying the spring New York day. Shocked as I was, it was Mark Haines just enjoying a few minutes outside the Exchange.
Mark Haines: unique, talented, brilliant. A curmudgeon, a pro, erudite and beloved.
This is a guy who didn't put on airs. He came to work in ratty sweatpants and god-awful bright-colored Crocs. He didn't suffer fools, but at the end of the day he really was always fair.
To Mark, on air, I was ‘Erb (he dropped the “H”) and since my return he always introduced me saying something like, “Now let’s pay a visit to ‘Erb’s Garden.” I loved it! (Any nickname from Mark was coveted.)
Financial journalism has lost a real pro and I’ve lost a good friend.
More than once Mark and I sparred on air about what was happening with the Big Three as they were losing billions of dollars. I loved those exchanges.
"Mark loved CNBC and we loved him back. He will be deeply missed," said CNBC President Mark Hoffman.
Mark was not the sort of guy who would come running over to say hello when I dropped in for a visit to CNBC headquarters. If I saw him in a hallway, he'd shout "Janie!" on his way to one of his infamous smoking breaks and keep on walking. I loved it.
When I got to CNBC in July 2006, I knew I'd have to get to know Mark Haines. And boy did I.
I had conducted press briefings from the White House, from US Treasury, I had done countless network and cable interviews, but I was never more worried about saying something stupid than when I did my first interview with Mark Haines!
My favorite memories of Mark will be talking about kids, lacrosse - my sons had played - and music and dance.
On one show, I accused Mark of being the Lou Dobbs of CNBC. Mark's quick reply, "Lou Dobbs is the Mark Haines of CNN."
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