Mark Haines: The Gift Of Being Genuine.
Each new day brings with it news that surprises and shocks us. And today that news is the sudden passing of Mark Haines.
As tributes and accolades roll in on this sad day, it is clear that the gift that Mark Haines provided all of us was the incredible power of genuine communication. He was not pretentious or scripted and said what was on his mind. And what was usually on his mind was getting to the truth below the surface of the usual PR. He did not suffer fools gladly and had no problem penetrating to the core issue no matter how uncomfortable it might be.
Yes, he was genuine.
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. Employees walked by saying hello and he seemed to relish in the fact that others recognized he had not a care in the world how he was perceived.
From his American flag tie to his well-worn boat shoes, he was his own man. He and I talked a couple times off camera about the Mets and their latest travails and he was happy to voice his disgust or glee depending on the news of the day. I marveled at the array of snacks within his reach and his complete comfort in front of the camera.
But perhaps what was most amazing was the genuine respect and warmth that I sensed between he and the CNBC crew, including Erin Burnett. This was not a relationship just in front of the camera; you could tell it was truly a family environment. And yes, gruff dad was there. Not always in a good mood, but you knew he cared and was a genuine guy.
The gift that Mark leaves to us all is his incredible power of being genuine. When he had a question it wasn't filtered; he asked it. When he agreed he said so and when he disagreed you knew it as well. And isn't that what this world lacks; genuine communication? We could all do with a dose of saying what we really feel with less filtering and Mark showed us how to do that.