It was 6 o’clock in the morning and I was halfway through my day by then. I was sick — as I sometimes was working the early morning shift at CNBC — and needed to leave my on-air duties after anchoring the show to spare viewers my congested voice and runny eyes. It would have just been another random, “blah” Friday if I hadn’t shared a car back into the city with one of my favorite guests.
Brian Sozzi was my go-to whiz analyst to book on my show. He became the young stud stock picker that Wall Street paid respect and attention to. To boot, he was up at all hours like me and had the best and wittiest newsletters on the Street out before dawn.
Until I crashed his car ride back into the city that day, I had only known Brian as someone who quickly made it into my team photo of rockstar guests. I was his biggest professional fan for no other reason than that he deserved it. He gained esteem on merit by out-working the rest and through intense pavement pounding.
It was somewhere on the GW bridge that Brian shared his personal story with me. He confided in me that he didn’t grow up in a family who read The Wall Street Journal everyday and that he was driven to succeed through pure sweat equity. He told me that his former self would be proud of all that he’s accomplished and marvel at the knowledge he has of the economy and markets. He also said that even though he went to school for economics, it wasn’t until after 8 years on Wall Street that he didn’t feel like he needed a definition for a definition of market terms or catch phrases thrown out on business television.
And that’s when it became more than a ride-share. Our philosophies on discussing and interpreting market action were perfectly aligned. We both wanted to speak to our generation in plain English and decode the news for those in the industry — even CEOs — who we spoke to and were amazed to find smiling and nodding at basic tenants of the global economy because they were scared to say they didn’t get it.
That random Friday forged one of the most significant partnerships of my career. So it is with great pride, on another very significant Friday, that I announce that Brian has agreed to join me as the Chief Business Development Officer for Nothing But Gold Productions and the co-author of my Decoding the Wall Street Journal book and newsletter.
Brian, you are the ying to my business yang. Welcome aboard. Can’t wait to make history with you!