Mark was born and raised in northern west Michigan. He spent most of his childhood playing outdoors, swinging from vines, building forts, and splashing through mud puddles. He attended Cornerstone University for 2 years, studying business and marketing while playing soccer before transferring to crosstown rival Aquinas College to complete his degree. Mark then spent several years sitting behind a desk working in in a few purchasing and accounting roles, but his desire to get back to nature drove him to dream big and begin the journey that is The Rhino Challenge.
Mark is happily married to the love of his life Maggie, who he has also talked into partnering with him on The Rhino Challenge. He loves hiking and taking on new challenges and has travelled to Africa to do missions, as well as climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, backpacked through the Grand Tetons, and would love to one day hike the Appalachian Trail. During the summers, you will find him out fishing whenever possible, running and biking through Grand Rapids, and playing any sport that he can round up a game.