Debi Rolfing

 

 

Focus on Faith and Family First

Debi’s trademark drive and energy have fueled her love of real estate development, passion for her husband, Mark, and 28 Angel Babies. The result is a 40 year career as a highly successful real estate broker and developer, a loving and prosperous marriage, and a legacy as a dedicated volunteer in Hawaii and Montana as a state licensed foster mother. At the core of her ambition is a love for people. She focuses her talents and resources toward her purpose to make a difference in other’s lives through restoration, loyalty and bringing a smile to those in need.

Forty years ago, Debi and Mark traveled to Maui for a week’s vacation and decided to move there, ringing true the saying “Here today, gone to Maui.” The Aloha Spirit of the people of Maui stirred her passion and wherever she goes, Debi invests herself into her life’s purpose. She acquired her real estate license in 1978. In 1980 Debi earned her broker’s license and opened her own firm, Rolfing Realty. By 1984 she received island wide recognition with making the highest sale for a condominium on Maui.

In 1985, Debi along with her husband Mark, founded a sports marketing company, Rolfing Sports, Inc, which helped put Maui on the map of the golf world. Debi continues to serve as the Vice President of Rolfing Sports, Inc. Currently she is working on Rolfing Sports Chalet Hospitality venue to host Rolfing Partners during the Ryder Cup 2016.

In 1988, Debi and Mark formed Rolfing Development Corporation, creating Rolfing Partners. Rolfing Partners, through a joint venture with Kapalua Land Company doing business as Plantation Club Associates, co-developed Hawaii’s most successful real estate development, The Plantation at Kapalua. Debi was solely responsible for generating the cash funding for the development partnership. On the first day, the Plantation had residential land sales of over 64 million dollars, allowing limited partners to recoup 100% of their investment plus a significant profit. Debi continues as a Kapalua resident today and has continued to stay active in real estate brokerage and development on Maui.

In 1990 the Rolfings sold their interest in the Kapalua Bay Hotel seeing their partnership interest soar from a purchase price of 26 million dollars to a sale price of 107 million dollars with over 300% profit.

After completion of the Plantation at Kapalua and Kapalua Bay Hotel projects, Debi turned her attention to Rolfing Ventures Nebraska. In this initiative, founder and general partner, Richard L. Youngscap studied and utilized the Rolfing Development model for the Sand Hills project.

After the sale of the Kapalua Bay Hotel in 1990, Debi purchased the one of a kind Kootenai Lodge property in Northwest Montana. A magnificent summer retreat built by two early Montana Copper Kings in the early 1920’s and a place of healing for the Native American Kootenai Tribe for hundreds of years. Her real estate expertise understood the value in Kootenai Lodge as a savvy real estate investment for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation for the Rolfings but when she embarked on an historic development journey it turned into a life changing opportunity for Debi and Mark. Over a period of 15 years she planned and directed a restoration initiative that resulted in the Kootenai Lodge being accepted into the National Register of Historic Places. In 2005 the Kootenai Lodge property was sold to a private developer.

Throughout her 40 year career, Debi has played a significant role in a wide variety of development projects. Each project relied on Debi’s planning, financial and marketing expertise. Today Debi is working on a large golf course endeavor on Chicago’s South Side.

At the height of Debi’s career, she overheard a conversation about the need for foster parents, specifically for newborns. With the enterprising attitude that created a hugely successful real estate career, Debi dove deep into becoming a licensed foster mother in Hawaii and Montana. Debi created a ‘cradle care’ ministry to provide foster care for medically and sometimes critically fragile newborns, keeping them safe, loved and sheltered until either reunification with their birth parents, placement with kinship family or adopted when their ‘forever’ family became available. Debi’s deep love and commitment has impacted the lives of these special children, birth parents and adoptive ‘forever’ parents. Today, Debi is the blessed mother of 28 “Angel Babies” and 3 Hanai children – Michelle, Matthew and BJ. To date, half of the 28 “Angel Babies” that have received critical and loving care in the arms of Debi and Mark, were nursed to health on the healing grounds of Kootenai Lodge and the other 14 babies received an Aloha welcome in their Maui home.

For over 25 years, Debi has served as a Trustee and Director of the Mark and Debi Rolfing Charitable Foundation. Debi reviews and directs funds to several Hawaii and mainland charities primarily helping children’s charities in the United States. Additionally, Debi has been involved in several high profile, not for profit restoration projects including being invited to be a member of the Founding Board of Directors of the Vice President Residence Foundation. Debi assists in raising funds to preserve the United States Naval Observatory built in 1893 which serves as the official residence of the Vice President of the United States.

Debi has devoted her time, talent and treasure, for over nine years, to Maui Family Support Services as an active member of its Board of Directors. In 2016, upon finishing her nine year appointment of the Bishop of Helena to the Board of Directors of Catholic Social Services of Montana, Debi was made a "Fellow” of the Roman Catholic Church.

Debi and her husband are cherished members of the communities that they live in. In Montana, Debi has served on numerous Boards of Director, including Family Concepts and Glacier Center for Families. Providence Home, an Emergency Children’s Shelter has benefitted from Debi doing double duty, providing funding for the start-up of the facility, including furnishing it and visiting as The Easter Bunny with bountiful Easter Baskets for each child residing there.

In Maui, Debi’s legacy is intertwined within the fabric of those serving the island’s children. Alan M. Arakawa, mayor of the County of Maui, proclaimed Oct. 19, 2012 as "Mark and Debi Rolfing Day." The mayor's proclamation accompanied a special message from Gov. Neil Abercrombie (on behalf of the people of the State of Hawaii) commending the couple for their lifelong dedication, generosity and commitment to the Maui community.

Gov. Abercrombie stated, "The Mark and Debi Rolfing Charitable Foundation has been instrumental in supporting the mission of The Friends of the Children's Justice Center of Maui in providing programs that assist abused and neglected children. Beyond their financial contributions, which continue to aid the agency and numerous programs it operates, both Debi and Mark also serve as volunteer licensed foster parents by providing care for newborn babies until they can be reunified with their birth parents or placed with adoptive parents." The governor went on to say, "You are truly incredible individuals that touch the lives of so many children and the youth of Maui County. You are truly an inspiration to us all and true pillars of the community."

At the heart of her dedication and focus, Debi desires to love her husband and others passionately. Debi is able to extend the Aloha Spirit wherever she is and responds to the needs of others. Debi is the epitome of understanding her life’s purpose and she has dedicated her life work to directly reflect these qualities.

Real Estate Designations Earned:

• Certified Commercial Investment Member Candidate with an Approved Resume

• Certified International Property Specialist

• Certified Residential Brokerage Manager

• Certified Residential Specialist

• Graduate, Realtor Institute

• National Association of Realtors

• Realtor Association of Maui, Inc.

• Urban Land Institute Full Member since 1996

 

 

Mark Rolfing

CANCER AND NAYSAYERS: MARK ROLFING TELLS IMPROBABLE STORY OF THE CHICAGO PARKS GOLF ALLIANCE

 

 HILuxury June/July 2017 Mark Rolfing Cover Story

Mark Rolfing, one of the most versatile TV golf personalities, has spent more than 35 years promoting the sport. USA Today labeled him "TV sport's best on-course golf reporter," and for good reason. Mark’s rise to the top of network golf television is a unique and intriguing story.

Born in Evanston, Illinois and raised in DeKalb, Rolfing is a Chicago Sports Enthusiast. He graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle, IN in 1971 and earned a Master’s Degree from Northern Illinois University in 1973.

ESPN discovered Rolfing in 1986. After a two-year stint with golf's number one cable network, he became NBC’s Ione on-course commentator in 1988. After four years with NBC Sports, Rolfing signed with ABC in the fall of 1991. He was an integral part of ABC Sports' golf team for six-years before returning to NBC in 1998 where he is at home today.

In 1997, Rolfing signed a multi-year contract with NBC Sports to cover its prestigious 15-event golf schedule, including The Players Championship, The United States Open, and The Ryder Cup.

In year’s past, it took a major championship victory to land a position as a network golf analyst. Rolfing has never won a major championship or a PGA TOUR event, for that matter. In fact, he never even qualified for the PGA TOUR. However, his knowledge and love for the game, his ability to play at the club professional level and his magnetic personality made him the exception.

Mark is an on-course reporter and tower announcer for Golf Channel on NBC’s Sports tournament coverage for the PGA Tour. In addition to his live tournament work, he is a contributing analyst on the network’s Live From programming, airing on-site from golf’s major championships, as well as a guest analyst on Morning Drive, Golf Channel’s daily news and lifestyle show.

Mark biannually serves as host for NBC Sports Group’s Road to the Ryder Cup series featuring in-depth conversations with golf’s most influential Ryder Cup players and captains. As a part of the NBC Sports golf team he shares an Emmy Award for Best Live Series.

Mark's television show, "Golf Hawaii," a highly successful weekly television show aired for three seasons on ESPN. As the program's host, Rolfing has entertained such guests as Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Tiger Woods, Ben Crenshaw, Davis Love III, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Michael Jordan and many others. Beginning in January of 1999 "Golf Hawaii" found its new home on The Golf Channel, where it aired 12 seasons of shows highlighting life in the Hawaiian Islands.

His very successful "Global Golf Adventure" aired on NBC Sports and showcases venues around the globe such as: Bermuda, Wales, The Bahamas and the famed Pebble Beach Golf Course.

In August 2015, Rolfing faced a potentially career-ending diagnosis of stage IV salivary gland cancer. He took a leave of absence for surgery at the University of Chicago to remove the rare malignancy from his left cheek area, to be followed by proton therapy treatment at MD Anderson. By January 2016, he was back on the job at the PGA TOUR's Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Maui. After two years of routine follow up, Mark and his wife Debi are overwhelmed and thankful for each report of No Evidence of Disease (NED).

Mark’s clean bill of health renewed his vision to make a difference. Traveling to golf’s most famous venues, the hometown calling in Chicago fascinates him the most. It is here that Mark concurs with golf industry experts who described South Shore and Jackson Park as “the golf project with the most potential in more than 25 years, due to the unique urban location and diversity of gender, ethnicity and age on the golf course.” With Mark as the Founder and President of the Chicago Parks Golf Alliance(CPGA) he supports this grass roots initiative with a mission to promote affordable and accessible public golf with expanded youth programs, while restoring the historic recreational assets the 100+ year old courses at South Shore and Jackson Park provide to the entire community.

Today, in addition to his television responsibilities and CPGA vision, Mark heads Rolfing Sports, Inc., a sports management and consulting company. He has served as a Governor's appointee on the Hawaii Tourism Authority, where he was the Chair of the Events Marketing Committee. Marks successful efforts to develop Kapalua’s renowned Plantation Course and host the PGA Tour’s Tournament of Champions earned him induction into the Hawaii Golf Hall of Fame in 2000.

Mark has resided at Kapalua on the island of Maui with his wife Debi for 42 years. Together they created the Mark and Debi Rolfing Charitable Foundation which has served to better the lives of children in need since 1999. In addition to supporting numerous other children’s charities, the Rolfings are licensed foster parents in Hawaii and Montana to provide “cradle care”. They have provided care for 28 “Angel Babies”, some medically and critically fragile, from their birth to adoption placement or reunification with their birth families.

For this work, Mark Rolfing and his wife, Debi, whose shared passion for golf’s growth-of-the-game initiatives serving as a platform to establish one of the country’s most inspiring foster parent networks, have been named co-recipients of the PGA-Distinguished Service Award.

There is little doubt that Mark Rolfing has carved a niche for himself in the world of golf and television sports. His popularity with the public and the media has and will continue to propel him into the spotlight. Rest assured Mark will always be up to the challenge.

 
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