Joe Battipaglia gave a hell of a soundbite, and family came first

Joe Battipaglia/Courtesy CNBC

I was sad to hear that Wall Street vetran Joe Battipaglia died Thursday at 55 years old. Strongly opinionated, and bullish on the dot- com boom, Joe’s voice was a well known entity in business news. But he was also a husband and father who was extremely vocal about his love and respect for his family.

Joe was the chief market strategist for Stifel Nicolaus. I knew him mostly from his time with Ryan Beck and Co., (Stifel Nicolaus acquired Ryan Beck) a time when he would dish out some of the best soundbites I’ve ever been blessed with as a business reporter.

For years after the events of 9/11 he was one of my go-to analysts when I reported as a New York City Correspondent for Marketplace Morning Report. He was always open, kind, and informative. I’m not sure how he balanced his work life experience, but I know that his family was important to him. He was warm, personable and known as a gentle giant.

After 9/11 we spoke not only of Wall Street, but of the many friends that had been killed and about how fortunate he was to be there for his family. There wasn’t a time after 9/11 where our interviews would bypass the tragedy. The experience of that era was ingrained in his being. He grew from that, and continued to make his mark as a frequent commentator with an upbeat disposition.

Joe always took my calls, went out of his way to get me a soundbite for my national radio stories at all hours of the day, night or weekend. But again, Joe’s family would always be on the radar, no matter the breaking story. There were times I had to wait until the eleventh hour, because of a family commitment, but he always came through with that interview. And he always gave me that extra special something that would make my radio story unique.

Joe reportedly died of a heart attack. All that wisdom and warmth gone at such a young age. But then again, we had his voice of optimism for one of the most tumultuous times in our financial history – the rebuilding of the markets after 9/11.

To read more about Joe check out his bio at For more on his legacy, check out the Wall Street Journal Blog, MarketBeat. There were already 55 comments at this writing.