Mark Heithoff was born in Minneapolis Minnesota. He learned to skate and ski at age two. He almost became a landscaper. Before that he almost became a safari guide. He married Meredith Ross in 2001. Meredith was born in Brooklyn. They have three sons, Nate, Rowan and Finlay. The antelopes, front and center, are Topi; Olive Baboons to the left; Grant's Gazelles in the rear.