Our Team

  • Mike Slaughter, P.E., AICP
    Owner and Founder
  • Jimmy D. Smith, AICP
    Planner/Project Manager
  • Robert Baxter
    Planner/Project Manager
  • Orion Stand-Gravois
    Planner
  • Venessar Williams
    Office Manaer

Mike Slaughter, P.E., AICP

Principal

Mike Slaughter, P.E., AICP

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Municipal Annexation
Government Finance & Budgeting
Expert Testimony
Redistricting of Voting Districts
Comprehensive Planning
Zoning Ordinance/Smart Code
Subdivision Regulations
Architectural Design Ordinances
Urban Planning and Design
Civil Engineering
Sanitary Sewer Systems
Water Systems (domestic & fire)
Streets & Roads


EXPERIENCE

Mr. Slaughter, owner and founder of the firm, is responsible for the overall day-to-day operations of the firm that includes the duties of marketing, client contact, project design, management & presentation, quality control, and the direct oversight of all staff/associates. He is directly responsible for the production of urban planning projects such as annexation feasibility analysis, fringe area studies, redistricting of wards and districts, comprehensive planning, zoning, subdivision regulations and ordinances. Mr. Slaughter is a certified planner (AICP) with over twenty (20) years planning experience and a professional engineer (P.E.).

Mr. Slaughter is recognized as an expert witness in urban planning, civil engineering and governmental finance. He has testified as an expert in more than forty (40) annexation cases before the Chancery Courts in the State of Mississippi.

Prior to founding Slaughter & Associates, PLLC, Mr. Slaughter was with the urban planning firm of Bridge & Slaughter for 15 years, 11 of which, he was a partner. His responsibilities with Bridge & Slaughter were very similar to those now with Slaughter & Associates. Prior to that, he was vice-president and chief design engineer with the engineering & planning consulting firm of W.H. Porter & Company located in Memphis, Tennessee. Mr. Slaughter was with W.H. Porter & Company for over six years and was responsible for the design and construction inspection of numerous residential, commercial and industrial subdivisions, streets, roads, bridges, water distribution systems, sanitary sewer collections systems and urban drainage systems in the Memphis metropolitan area.

EDUCATION

The University of Memphis
Master of City and Regional Planning

The University of Mississippi
Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Planning Association
American Society of Civil Engineers

PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION

American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) nationally recognized certification
Professional Engineer (P.E.)

 

Jimmy D. Smith, AICP

Planner/Project Manager

Jimmy Smith

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Comprehensive Planning

Municipal Annexation

Land Use Controls

Zoning Ordinances/Maps

Sign Ordinances

Subdivision Regulations

Architectural Design Ordinances

Community Design

City Planning and Design

EXPERIENCE

Mr. Smith serves as project manager and is responsible for quality control, client contact, scheduling, and presentations for individual projects. Mr. Smith is responsible for comprehensive plans and various ordinances to aid with the enforcement and implementation of a community's comprehensive plan. These documents are critical to the future of all communities. He is also involved with planning analyses and studies for municipal annexation and provides assistance with the correlation between comprehensive planning and annexation.

He is also involved in various urban planning and demographic studies regarding unique concerns to communities.

EDUCATION

Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS,
Master of Public Policy and Administration

Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS,
Bachelor of Arts in History, minor in Political Science

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Planning Association
American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)
Small Town and Rural Planning Division of AP

OTHER POSITIONS

Permit Administrator,
City of McComb, MS – Inspections and Zoning Department

Community Developer/Grant Writer
City of Horn Lake, MS 

Planner
City of Meridian, MS – Planning Division, Community Development Department

Zoning Administrator
City of Brandon, MS – Community Development Department

Robert Baxter

Planner/Project Manager

Robert Baxter

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Comprehensive Planning

Zoning Ordinances/Smart Code

Urban Planning and Design

EXPERIENCE

Mr. Baxter began working at Slaughter & Associates in 2016 after graduation from the University of Memphis.

EDUCATION

The University of Memphis
Master of City and Regional Planning

Centre College
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Planning Association

Orion Stand-Gravois

Planner

Orion Stand-Gravois

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Comprehensive Planning

Economic Development

EXPERIENCE

Orion began working at Slaughter & Associates in 2016 after completing two terms of service with AmeriCorps that included working with Epicenter, a community design center focused on supporting revitalization efforts in the small town of Green River, Utah, and working with the Columbia-Pacific Economic Development District to support regional economic development in Northwest Oregon.

EDUCATION

Auburn University
Master of Community Planning
Master of Science in Geography
Bachelor of Arts in Geography

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Planning Association

Venessar Williams

Office Manager

Orion Stand-Gravois

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Municipal Annexation

Comprehensive Planning

Zoning Ordinances/Maps

EXPERIENCE

Ms. Williams is charged with overseeing the day-to-day operations necessary in running a successful business including, but not limited to, marketing, client contact, project scheduling, and office organization. Ms. Williams is the coordinator between planners and clients.

In addition to office operations and project coordination, she also plays an integral role in all planning projects.

EDUCATION

Northwest Community College
Associate of Art Business Administration

University of Mississippi
Business Administration

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Phi Theta Kappa
National Association of Professional Women

OTHER POSITIONS

IT Systems Coordinator/Office Administration
Gastroenterology Associates of North MS

Office Manager
The Breast Center of Oxford
Oxford Family Vision Clinic

Assistant Sales Manager
Oxford Wire & Cable