Barry Brauch

Managing Director



Barry’s most important role is as a husband to his wife Anita for over 20 years and a father to Lydia, Sophia, and Grace.  From a career perspective, Barry graduated from the University of Kentucky and started as a CPA with Deloitte in Cincinnati.  In the early 90s, Barry joined Fifth Third Bancorp, serving stints in SEC financial reporting, balance sheet risk management, and as the CFO of the consumer lending division.  Following several strategic wealth management acquisitions in the late 90s, Barry became the CFO and Product Manager for the wealth and asset management division of Fifth Third Bancorp where he led the integration of acquisitions, design and implementation of IT platforms, reorganization of mutual fund products, and the initiation of third-party sales of investment management products.  Fifth Third then offered an opportunity to lead the wealth and asset management division in Kentucky.  After growing that business significantly over several years, an entrepreneurial opportunity became available to turn around a troubled Kentucky community bank and steer it through the difficulty of the economic downturn.  Following the successful turnaround and sale of the bank, Barry leaped at the opportunity to partner with some families, founding the Castellan family office.


Career Experience

President & CEO, American Founders Bank, 2012-2018

EVP & CFO, American Founders Bank, 2007-2012

SVP, Wealth & Asset Management Division, Fifth Third Bank of Kentucky, 2003-2007

VP, Division CFO/Product Manager – Wealth & Asset Management, Fifth Third Bancorp, Cincinnati, OH 2000-2003

VP, Division CFO – Consumer Lending, Fifth Third Bancorp, Cincinnati, OH, 1998-2000

AVP, Asset/Liability Risk Manager, Fifth Third Bancorp, Cincinnati, OH, 1995-1998

Accountant – Financial Reporting, Fifth Third Bancorp, Cincinnati, OH, 1994-1995

Senior Accountant – Audit, Deloitte & Touche, Cincinnati, OH, 1992-1994

Professional Education

University of Kentucky, BS in Accountancy

University of Cincinnati, Masters in Business Administration

Certified Public Accountant