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About Us

About Our Firm

For years, Bramel & Ackley, P.S.C. has been providing quality, personalized financial guidance to local individuals and businesses. Bramel & Ackley, P.S.C.'s expertise ranges from basic tax management and accounting services to more in-depth services such as audits, financial statements, and financial planning.

Our Mission

Our mission is to help clients maintain financial viability in the present while taking a proactive approach to achieve future goals. This requires open communication to reach an understanding of our clients' needs, thorough research, and sound analysis. Bramel & Ackley, P.S.C. is dedicated to meeting these goals with high standards of excellence and professionalism.


Bramel & Ackley's diverse and extensive experience in various fields provides a broad spectrum of services to clients.

Some of the many fields B&A currently serves are:


  • Education
  • Construction
  • Banking
  • Real Estate Management
  • Hotel
  • Homeowners Association
  • Individuals
  • Mortgage Brokers
  • Manufacturing
  • Health Care
  • Governmental
  • Retail/Wholesale
  • Insurance Agencies
  • And many more


Our Team

J. Carlyle Ackley, MBA, CPA

(859) 341-6700

A graduate of Western Kentucky and Xavier University, Carlyle has over 35 years experience providing accounting, auditing and management advisory services to a wide range of business and governmental organizations. Prior to entering public practice, he spent five years with the United States General Accounting Office, where he was assigned to various Congressional committees and sub-committees, as well as auditing some of America's largest companies. Carlyle is one of the founding members of Bramel & Ackley and has been a partner / owner since 1970. His expertise is in the areas of governmental auditing, consulting and tax planning (especially estate matters). He is also a member of the Kentucky and Ohio Societies of CPA's. Carlyle's outside interests include managing a tenth generation family farm and being a financial advisor to several community organizations and families.

James W. Thelen

(859) 341-6700

A graduate of Thomas More College, Jim has over 18 years experience in public accounting and 10 years of experience in private industry. His experience encompasses audits of hotels, cities and real estate management companies. His tax background includes individuals, partnerships, trusts and corporations. Jim has an impressive background in serving his community by participating in numerous civic activities. His resume includes: an officer of the Mental Health Retardation Regional Board, chairman of the LINK (Literacy In Northern Kentucky), treasurer of the Thomas More College Alumni Association, treasurer of Notre Dame Academy Boosters, chairman of the Children's Psychological Hospital, chairman of the St. Pius Board of Total Catholic Education, treasurer of Northern Kentucky Chapter of the Kentucky Society of CPA's and treasurer for State Representative Richard L. Murgatroyd's campaigns. For his efforts Jim was the recipient of the Community Service Award of the Northern Kentucky Area Development District. Jim is also a member of the Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana Societies of CPA's.