Development

Our Experience

The collective experience of The Sunray Companies executive team adds up to over 75 years of expertise in the hospitality industry with a focus on lifestyle brands, development and systems management. 

Ray Harrigill

As President and Founder, Ray Harrigill purchased his first restaurant in 1996. Currently, The Sunray Companies operates over 40 properties as an award-winning franchisee of four concepts including Palm Beach Tan, Massage Envy, Hampton Inn & Suites and Holiday Inn Express & Suites. Ray will soon add Home2 Suites and Hyatt Place to the company portfolio with two upcoming new developments.

Along with hotels, the Sunray team develops and manages retail and commercial centers and holds a position on the advisory board of a large real-estate and multi-unit group based in New Orleans. Ray also oversees the company construction company and upcoming development projects.

Ray’s expertise lies in: 

  • Negotiations 
  • Finance 
  • Project development and management 
  • Construction 
  • Profitable operations 
  • 360 degree analysis 

Monica Harrigill

As Vice President of her family’s company beginning in 1988 and later Co-Founder of The Sunray Companies, Monica Harrigill developed a regional quick-service concept from an idea into a growing brand. As her family's company grew, Monica developed restaurants from construction phase through full operational management, creating systems from scratch to achieve profitability with strong teams and thriving brands. The company continued to expand and moved into multi-million dollar hotel developments by the late 90’s.

Using her experience from the restaurant division, Monica replicated her success by developing hotels from the construction phase, including design and purchasing, through full operational management. The company’s reputation for high-quality hotel developments and management grew. As a result, hotel franchisees and developers sought out and purchased properties, some during construction and others after years of profitable management of the operations under Monica’s leadership.

As The Sunray Companies began experiencing tremendous growth in 2016, Monica joined her husband, Ray, full-time to continue development of their co-founded company.

Monica’s expertise lies in: 

  • Team development
  • Negotiations 
  • Purchasing 
  • Design 
  • Systems development 
  • Training 
  • Human resources 
  • Operational management 
  • 360-degree analysis 

 

Our Executive Team lends depth to the company and development with expertise in: 

  • Team, management and leadership development focused on company culture
  • Operational management 
  • Profitability 
  • Systems development 
  • Advertising, marketing and public relations  
  • Recruitment 
  • Training 
  • Accounting systems and accountability