Monica Harrigill is a Mississippi native and graduate of Millsaps College and holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. She completed Emory University’s Executive Leadership Development Program in 2007 and earned her business degree in 2017 from the Harvard Business School Owner/President Management Program (OPM). She is also an American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute Certified Hotel Administrator.
Monica began her career working for her family as a restaurant manager when she graduated 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. (an established hotel management company for 20 years), Monica oversaw all aspects of operations and development through 2014, including overseeing the development, construction and opening of over 40 hotels and restaurants during her 26 years of operations.
Along with her husband, Ray Harrigill, she founded The Sunray Companies in 1996. Sunray is an award-winning developer, owner and operator of best-in-class brands including Massage Envy, Palm Beach Tan, MY SALON Suites, Hampton Inn & Suites and Holiday Inn Express & Suites with over 600 team members and 32 small businesses in Mississippi and Louisiana. Monica currently serves as a member of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association and the Franchise Advisory Council for Palm Beach Tan corporate. Monica’s expertise in systems, operations, project management and human resource development adds significant depth to the capabilities of The Sunray Companies.
Living, working and raising her family in Madison, Monica is passionate about giving back to her community on both local and state-wide levels. She volunteers her time for a variety of Mississippi charities and organizations including serving as a Trustee and Vice-Chair for Millsaps College for 15 years and being a member of several non-profit boards including Canopy Children’s Solutions, Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, the Junior League of Jackson, and the Jackson Symphony League.
Monica also serves in several state organizations that aim to further develop and support Mississippi-owned businesses including the Mississippi Economic Council, the State Workforce Investment Board, the Indian American International Chamber of Commerce of Mississippi, the Mississippi Chapter of the International Women’s Forum, and the Governor’s Restart Mississippi Council.