I will never forget the morning Mark Haines essentially anointed me.
I had just done my first live report on "Squawk Box" with the tape of the infamous interview I did with former telecom analyst Jack Grubman. It was a lightning-in-a-bottle moment and Mark, believe it or not, was rendered speechless if only for a brief moment. He then shook his head and with a special kind of grin said something along the lines of how "Ol' Jackie" was never quite so quiet when he was making all of the bullish, stock-moving calls over the years.
That interview got a lot of media play and was a seminal moment in my CNBC career. But what gave me the most gratification was that now I was a member of the "Mark Haines Club." Not only did he remember who I was, which was an accomplishment in and of itself in Haines' world, but I knew I had won his respect when, from that interview on, he gave me a classic Haines nickname. "Mike, the shark, Huckman."