Julie M. Kline

Julie M. Kline

Julie M. Kline

Julie M. Kline, CPA
Partner

“At Flagel we don’t just do things right — we do the right thing.”

Hailing from Akron, Ohio when it was the tire capital of the world — and from a family working hard to keep it that way — Julie’s foray into accounting began with her attraction to industry. “I wanted to be in business,” she recalls. Soon she was drawn by Miami University’s strong accounting program.

Julie gained enough traction that upon graduating, she found herself torn between saddling up with one of the “Big Four” firms and choosing one driven by relationships.

“I’m very glad that I chose a smaller firm,” says Julie. “You hear stories about larger firms burning through staff. I’ve been here for 20 years, and that hasn’t been my experience.”

Julie considers the atypical number of Flagel’s “lifers” — accountants who have spent their whole careers here — a testament to the firm’s time-tested character. Her unbroken tenure at Flagel has not, however, been for lack of alternatives: “I think there comes a point in your career, maybe at the five-year mark, when you become a hot commodity — and then it’s decision time.”

Once again, Julie chose Flagel. Since then she has developed expert concentrations in nonprofit employee benefit plans and real estate. She remains in high demand, serving as treasurer and former president of OVC-CAI and treasurer of Christ Church Cathedral. She also contributes to the Gamble Montessori High School Foundation and the Longworth Square Homeowners Association.

One workplace principle Julie lives by and urges younger accountants to adopt is that one should always prepare financial statements — even those intended for internal use — as if for the outside world. That is the surest way, she says, to achieve the best quality with consistency.

As a perfectionist, Julie is always looking for the next horizon, admitting that she is more comfortable tracking down something to improve upon than reveling in yesterday’s successes. As a counterweight to her insatiable work ethic, Julie has undertaken a full exploration of Cincinnati life and culture. She has lived downtown since 2001 and is proud to see the Queen City continuing to earn national acclaim. As long as Julie is there, we don’t see how it couldn’t.

Cincinnati Location
Tel. 513.583.4042
jkline@fhf-cpa.com

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