Stephen Stewart leaves the Hyatt Regency Wichita; Ripton Melhado becomes GM

WICHITA — Hyatt Regency Wichita general manager Stephen Stewart is leaving for the Hyatt Regency Columbus in Ohio.

Ripton Melhado is going to take over the Wichita general manager job on May 8. He’s currently the director of rooms at the Hyatt Regency Dallas.

Stewart is already transitioning to his new post, but he’ll return to Wichita for at least one event before departing for good.

Stewart is resigning as chairman of Go Wichita Convention and Visitors Bureau. Melhado won’t be taking that position.