Neighbors say goodbye to John Rolfe and hello to Jon Rolph

WICHITA — Former Go Wichita president John Rolfe may be heading to a new job in Houston, but there still will someone by the same name living in his northeast Wichita house.

It's simply spelled differently.

Jon Rolph, president of Sasnak Management, is buying John Rolfe's house.

Jon Rolph says their real estate agent handled it brilliantly.

"She'd call one John Rolfe and then hang up and call the other Jon Rolph and then hang up and call the other John Rolfe," he says. "That had to have been a heck of a place to be."

The two have been friends since Jon Rolph returned to Wichita a decade ago. He made a point to meet John Rolfe. In addition to becoming friends, the two shared each other's mail through the years, and their assistants came to know each other because people would call to make or cancel plans with one of them when really they wanted the other.

When Jon Rolph heard John Rolfe is leaving to become chief operations officer for the Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau, he told his friend he didn't have to go.

"John, the town's big enough for both of us."

Jon Rolph is sorry to see Rolfe and his wife, Felicia, leave Wichita. He also feels for his future mailman, who will have to bring him his mail and forward John Rolfe’s.

"For the mailman to try to keep that straight ... I don't know how he'll do it."