Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Dennis Verner has lived there all of his life except for a stint in the Chicago area, at about the age of four, while his father was serving in the military. Dennis attended Detroit public schools, and after completing grade school, he was recommended to attend Cass Technical High School by one of his art teachers. Being a little stubborn, as he tends to be, he studied electronics at Cass Tech, instead of pursuing art and electrical engineering at Wayne State University. He started a small business after that. He often wonders how things would have turned out had he listened to his teacher.