Mark is an Alabama native who has lived all over the southeast. In 2007, Mark graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in History from North Carolina State University, where his senior thesis analyzed the consistent failure of Christianity to find a foothold in Japan, and compared Christianity's failure in Japan with the success it was able to sustain in South Korea. Following his stint in North Carolina, Mark returned to Alabama where he graduated cum laude from the University of Alabama School of Law in 2010. During his time in law school he was active on the Alabama Law Review as a Notes Editor. Mark completed his formal education in 2011 when he earned his LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. His Master's Thesis examined the United States corporate tax code and explored methods to simplify and reform it in order to make it easier to understand and comply with while, at the same time, increasing the amount of corporate tax revenues collected by the Treasury.