Our People

Executive Team

Ray Harrigill

President & Founder

Ray is a Mississippi native and a graduate of Millsaps College and the Mississippi College School of Law. He holds an undergraduate degree in business, a Masters of Business Administration, and a Juris Doctorate. Ray began his career in the restaurant business while in school. He was recruited to run a group of restaurants in his last year of law school and completed his degree while running 26 restaurants in three states for Jackies International, Inc. In December of 1996, he left that position to start The Sunray Companies, LLC when he purchased a single restaurant in Jackson, MS.

Over the past 22 years, he has grown The Sunray Companies to over 30 properties that currently include Palm Beach Tan tanning salons, Massage Envy Spas, Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn Express hotels. Along with owning and operating these units, Ray earned his contractor’s license almost 20 years ago, and began building as well. With Ray’s expertise in development, construction and operations, The Sunray Companies is an award-winning operations company that has received over 35 national awards in the past 16 years.

Some of the most prestigious operational awards include: Highest NPS Award for Palm Beach Tan in 2016; Palm Beach Tan Highest Premier Sales of the Year in 2013, 2015 and 2016; Palm Beach Tan Franchisee of the Year in 2007 and 2009; Palm Beach Tan Developer of the Year in 2008 and 2018; Massage Envy One Million Dollar Club for 2012 – 2015; Massage Envy Multi-Unit Franchisee of the Year in 2015; and in 2016 he received Massage Envy’s Momentum Award as well as Franchisee of the Year. In 2006, Ray was named Top 40 Under 40 by the Mississippi Business Journal. Ray also served on MRA’s Board of Directors from 2005 – 2014 and has served on the Massage Envy National Franchise Advisory Board since 2014.  He has served as the NFAB President for the last two years.

“Never confuse motion with action.”

Benjamin Franklin

Monica Harrigill

Managing Member, Co-Founder

Monica, a Mississippi native, is a graduate of Millsaps College and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. In November 2017, Monica graduated with a certificate from the Owner/President Management Program (OPM) at Harvard Business School. OPM is a rigorous, 9-week Executive Education program held over a 3-year period for business owners and entrepreneurs with at least 15 years of management experience and hold a major equity stake in their company.

Monica began her career working for her family as a restaurant manager when she finished college in 1988 at the age of 18. She quickly moved up to multi-unit and multi-concept management ultimately running a conglomerate of restaurants, hotels, and convenience stores with up to 70 locations and 1,600 employees as Executive Vice President of Jackies International, Inc. and Certified Hospitality Corp, Inc. for over 20 years. Along with Ray, Monica also founded The Sunray Companies in 1996. In 2016, Monica joined the Sunray leadership team full-time as part of the strategic planning focus for the company. Monica’s expertise in systems, operations, project management and human resource development adds significant depth to the capabilities of The Sunray Companies.

Monica was named to the 50 Leading Businesswomen in 2003 and the Top 40 under 40 in 2004 by the Mississippi Business Journal. She completed the Emory University IAHI/IHG Leadership Institute in 2007. Monica is also passionate about giving back to the Mississippi community and volunteers time for a variety of Mississippi-based charities and organizations including serving as a Trustee for Millsaps College for 20 years.

“From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required.”

Luke 12:48

Amber Sukhbaatar

Vice President of Culture & Marketing

A Mississippi resident since the age of six, Amber joined The Sunray Companies in January 2017. She has over 25 years of experience with multi-unit, multi-concept family-owned hospitality companies. Amber’s background in public relations, advertising and marketing coupled with her skills in HR, training, strategic planning, guest and team member relations, and sales adds comprehensive support to The Sunray Companies in achieving strategic, operational, and marketing goals while enriching guest and team member experiences. She also leads legislative efforts in Mississippi and Louisiana to support the massage therapy and cosmetology industries.

Amber graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with an undergraduate degree in journalism (public relations emphasis) and a Master of Science in Public Relations. She holds a Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA) professional certification and obtained a Columbia Business School Executive Education Digital Marketing professional certificate in 2021 and Disney Institute Quality Service professional certificate in 2023. Amber served on the Massage Envy Franchisee Advisory Committee from 2021-2022 in addition to other working groups with the Massage Envy network. She was recognized with The Sunray Companies Enhancing Lives Award in 2019.

Amber enjoys traveling, interior design, volunteering her time in the community, football, and spending time with her family. She served as Promotions Co-Chair for the 2021 Canopy Butterfly Ball. Amber also served as Steering Committee Promotions Chair for both Touch A Truck Jackson 2016 and Mistletoe Marketplace 2018 with the Junior League of Jackson. She held the position of President for the Canton Chamber of Commerce/Main Street Association board of directors for two separate terms. She was also named Top 40 Under 40 by the Mississippi Business Journal in 2006. She and her husband Mike reside in Madison and have two children, Amaya and Taij.

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

Melody Beattie

Amy Hudson

Vice President of Hotel Operations

Amy is a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University, and served in the Louisiana Army National Guard for six years. She has over 16 years of experience in the hotel industry, and began her career with The Sunray Companies as Director of Sales in 2006. Amy’s passion for hospitality and focus on caring for guests is the engine that drives The Sunray Companies’ hotel division.  Amy currently serves as Treasurer of the Louisiana Hotel & Lodging Association; President of the Tangipahoa Parish Hotel & Lodging Association; and is a Board Member of the Tangipahoa Parish Convention & Visitor Bureau.

“There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art, and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.”

Pablo Picasso

Catherine Sullivan

Vice President of Retail Operations

A graduate of Holmes Community College, Catherine’s journey with The Sunray Companies began in 2006 as a key holder at Palm Beach Tan in Ridgeland. With her passion for operations and training, she quickly moved to general manager and training/development manager for Palm Beach Tan. In 2010, Catherine was promoted to General Manager of Massage Envy in Flowood and then to Senior District Manager for the Massage Envy division in 2011. Catherine was instrumental in the opening of our first seven Massage Envy clinics and was named Supervisor of the Year for 2016. Catherine was promoted to Director of Operations for the Massage Envy division and then to Director of Operations for our Retail Divisions in late 2018. She completed the Millsaps Advanced Applied Leadership Program in 2021.

Catherine’s current role allows her to utilize her talents in systems, efficiencies, training and development to create dynamic retail divisions that are results-driven. Catherine resides in Brandon with her husband, Chris, her two adorable boys, Hayes and Jax, and her dog, Stella.

“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.”

Jennifer Lee

Melinda Davis

Director of People & Development

Melinda embarked on her journey with The Sunray Companies in 2006, joining the Palm Beach Tan division. Her tenure with Palm Beach Tan saw her instrumental in launching the Flowood location and contributing to operations at the Hattiesburg salon. Balancing work and studies, Melinda pursued her Bachelor’s in Social Work at the University of Southern Mississippi.

In 2012, Melinda joined the Massage Envy division, where she was later promoted to the General Manager position at the Maywood clinic in February 2014. Her exceptional performance was recognized with the Massage Envy Top Year-Over-Year Growth Revenue accolade in 2014 and the prestigious Sunray Manager of the Year for the Massage Envy division in 2015.

Continuing to excel, Melinda's leadership and revenue-driving initiatives led to her promotion to District Manager in 2017, where she provided oversight to six Massage Envy clinics. Embracing the joys of parenthood, Melinda and her husband welcomed a baby boy in 2021, marking a new chapter in her professional journey as she joined our office team in a new role as Director of People and Development.  With her dedication and proven track record, Melinda is poised to drive organizational success and nurture the talents within our company.

Beyond her professional pursuits, Melinda finds joy in outdoor adventures, travel, and active involvement in her church and community. She and her husband, James, along with their three children, call Brandon their home.

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style.”

Maya Angelou

Stephanie Welborn

Accounting & Office Manager

Stephanie is a Mississippi native and joined The Sunray Companies in April of 2016. She is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, and she holds a BSBA in Accounting. Stephanie has over twenty-five years of accounting experience dealing with various industries and includes owning/managing her own company with her husband. Her unique experience as a business owner and extensive background in accounting enhances Sunray’s growing accounting division. Stephanie enjoys traveling, antiquing and spending time with family.  She currently lives in Madison with her husband and three daughters.

“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.”

H. Jackson Brown Jr.