The Hyatt Regency Wichita regularly rotates management in and out of the hotel, but even by those standards, Ripton Melhado’s tenure was a short one.
The general manager, who has been with the Wichita hotel for a little over two years, is leaving late this month to become general manager at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk.
“This opportunity is a remarkable one,” Melhado says. “And one I just had to jump on.”
The Jamaica native, who has been with the Hyatt chain since his junior year of college, is particularly excited about San Antonio because the Hyatt’s property there has 629 rooms.
“So it’s a continuation of my growth with the company,” Melhado says.
The Hyatt Regency Wichita has 303 rooms.
Kevin Kretsch will take over as general manager on Aug. 30, which is also when Melhado starts his new job.
Kretsch has been the interim general manager of the 900-room Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport for almost a year.
The city of Wichita, which has owned the Hyatt here since 2001, is considering selling it and using the money for fixing neighborhood streets.
“You know, change in ownership of the assets that we manage are pretty common in the hotel industry,” Melhado says.
The Wichita property was the 10th Hyatt he’s worked for in 25 years.
“I’ve really enjoyed working here,” Melhado says. “I just want to say how proud I have been to be associated with the team here and the work the team does. We are committed to the community.”
He says the Hyatt has about a dozen local farms and bakeries it uses.
“That’s our commitment to our community.”