MURPHY FUNKHOUSER CAPPS, STORYTELLER, BUSINESS STRATEGIST & SPEAKER
Just as the spark bursts from the flame, most paths to success do not follow a straight line. Mine has been no different. After following a non-traditional professional path, I started my brand and marketing agency Kudzu Brands in 2010. My agency has since helped hundreds of businesses tell their stories and make an impact in the market.
I like to say have learned every business lesson the really hard way. I understand that every business or organization needs ideas, inspiration, motivation from time to time.
My brand expertise combined with my experience as a business owner makes me the perfect strategist or speaker for any business or organization looking to re-ignite the spark!
2018 Woman Up Best in Business Entrepreneur of the Year from the Asheville Chamber of Commerce.
I have been a business owner for 10 years. My business has won two Sky High Growth Awards from the Asheville Chamber, was designated as a high potential growth business by the Advantage West ScaleUp program and was chosen for the competitive Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program atBabson College in 2017.
I have taught branding and entrepreneurship at UNC-Asheville, AB Tech and Blue Ridge Community College. I am on the UNC-Asheville Management and Accountancy Department Advisory Board.
In 2018, I was awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year from the Asheville Chamber of Commerce. In 2019, I received the Girl Scout’s Woman of Distinction Award for my work with female entrepreneurs.
In addition to helping my clients tell their stories. I also have some of my own. I share my personal story as the author and performer of two award-winning plays that have been performed across the country. My personal storytelling shows have been called, “humorous and poignant reflections on courage, redemption, and strength”. Learn more about my stage performances here.