Three years ago when Sheila Cole left her job managing the Hotel at Old Town – to much attention since she was jumping to the struggling Ambassador Hotel – she had already been thinking of a new career.
Now, the general manager is going to pursue it. Cole’s last day at the Ambassador is Nov. 21.
“I’m wanting to do something different,” she says. “I don’t have anything bad to say.”
Cole lost her father three years ago after his 11-year battle with Parkinson’s disease, and she says it made her start thinking about how she could make a difference in the senior living community.
“You know how you have that internal nudge?” Cole says. “This is literally just me continuing to listen to that nudge.”
She doesn’t have a job yet, but Cole is looking to manage a senior living facility.
“I think just the depth of that responsibility, if you really think about managing a facility, just the rewarding depth of that responsibility just has always talked to me.”
Cole says the Ambassador is doing well.
“This has been great, and Paul Coury is a very kind man,” she says of the hotel’s owner.
She says the hotel has been awarded AAA’s Four Diamond rating. The Ambassador also going is through its conversion to the Autograph Collection by Marriott, which she calls “very exciting for Wichita.”
Still, Cole says she wants to find work in senior living that she can do for the rest of her career.
“It speaks to my heart. It really, really does.”