Mark McKohen was born on October 26, 1947. He grew up in a middle-class home in Park Ridge, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.


His dad, Hugh, was a World War II Navy veteran—and a lifelong Republican who worked hard and saved it all for the last day. He led a small advertising and Public Relations agency of his own in Cincinnati


His mother, Dorothy, had a tough childhood—and she inspired Mark’s lifelong commitment to helping every child live up to his or her God-given potential.


He attended public schools and was a Boy Scout. He also played in local baseball leagues as a pitcher.