Our Team


Panhandle Engineering, Inc. is staffed with professional engineers, civil designers, staff technicians, field inspectors and administrative personnel to provide you with prompt and responsible service.

The following list of employees are all highly trained and ready to assist you with your development project.


Jim Slonina P.E.
President of Panhandle Engineering, Inc.

Mr. Slonina has over 39 years of Project Management & Engineering design experience. He has successfully held positions of increasing responsibility on numerous types of civil and transportation design projects, encompassing environmental impact assessments, alignment evaluations, extensive dredge/fill permitting and major roadway design/permitting including alternate alignment options, project bidding, and construction administration & oversight monitoring. Some of his projects involved the designing of numerous commercial and residential development, multi-use paths and pedestrian sidewalk safety  and public roadways.

Mr. Slonina also has extensive experience in Coastal Marine related projects including new marinas, marina expansions, docking facilities, boat ramps, seawalls, travel lifts, boat storage structures and associated dredging activities.

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
University of Florida

Post Graduate (Engineering)
University of Houston

Professional Engineer-State of Texas No.57022
Professional Engineer-State of Florida No.39197

Lynn Haven Main Street Inc – Past President & Chairman
Bay County Economic Development Council – Past Chairman
Bay Count Chamber of Commerce – Past Vice-Chairman
Bay County Development Review Board – Past Chairman
Lynn Haven Code Enforcement Board – Past Chairman
Lynn Haven Rotary
Bay County League of Cities


Christopher Brian Forehand, P.E.
Vice President of Panhandle Engineering, Inc.

Chris graduated from Florida State University with Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering in 1997. He was with Preble-Rish, Inc. (PRI) Consulting Engineers and Surveyors (now Dewberry) from 1997 to 2012. While with PRI, Chris became Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 2004, when he and 4 others bought out both Greg Preble and Ralph Rish. Chris played a major role in all large and complex projects completed by the firm. Chris also played a major role in growing the firm from 45 employees to 110 by adding a Survey Department and obtaining multiple City and County Continuing Services Contracts. Chris was also heavily involved in expanding PRI to other markets by opening new offices in Baldwin County, AL, Monticello, FL, Blountstown, FL, and in Lake City, FL. In 2012, Chris decided to fulfill his lifelong dream of owning his own firm without multiple partners and sold his 33% of stock ownership in PRI to the remaining partners, Cliff Knauer and Philip Jones. For two years, Chris grew his own firm, CBF Consulting Engineers, by gaining several new large clients while keeping some clients he has serviced since 1997, while with PRI. In October of 2014, Chris and Jim Slonina, P.E., President of Panhandle Engineering decided to merge their two firms to better each firm’s position of strength in Northwest Florida and other markets. The firm now has multiple engineers and technical support staff. Since the merger, Chris has played a major role in infrastructure improvements for numerous private and public projects. Chris’ focus is to build Panhandle Engineering’s government client base while marketing large master planned developments. Chris will also focus on expanding the firm’s service area to Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, other parts of Florida, and the Caribbean. Chris is the Vice President of Panhandle Engineering and helps lead the firm in all aspects in order to provide excellent service and satisfaction to its clients.

Chris Forehand, P.E.


Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
Florida State University

Associate in Arts Degree – Pre-Engineering
Gulf Coast Community College

Professional Engineer-State of Alabama No.32885-E
Professional Engineer-State of Georgia No. PE037204
Professional Engineer-State of Florida No.58028

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
American Water Works Association (AWWA)
Florida Rural Water Association (FRWA)
Florida Engineering Society (FES)
Bay County Chamber of Commerce
FSU College of Engineering Advisory Board
(Panama City Campus)
Bay County League of Cities (Associate Member)
Lynn Haven Planning Board Member (2009 Chairman)(2006-2010)
Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce
Northwest Florida League of Cities
Northwest Florida Beaches Int’l Airport Board Member(2010-2016)
Jr. Achievement Board
Country Club Harbour Estates HOA Board Member
Multiple local school Booster Clubs



Panhandle Engineering, Inc. is dedicated to providing the talent, technology, teamwork and creativity that is required to be responsive to your needs in today’s ever changing business and regulatory environment. We are knowledgeable and experienced with development criteria and enjoy a positive professional relationship with the staff of the regulatory agencies. We take great pride in the many long standing relationships we have established with our commercial, governmental, architectural and industrial clients. We also understand the importance of critical milestones and meeting schedules for the success of a project.