Meet Murphy


Murphy Funkhouser Capps

2018 Woman Up Best in Business Entrepreneur of the Year from the Asheville Chamber of Commerce.

After following a very non-traditional path to my own success, I have committed my life to inspiring, guiding and supporting others.

I am the founder and brand strategist of the successful brand and marketing agency Kudzu Brands, which has helped hundreds of businesses tell their stories and make an impact in the market.

Known for my enthusiasm and passion for helping leaders develop and businesses grow, I am also a business coach, speaker, educator, and mentor.

I have also worked in management, broadcasting and as the operations manager of a large staffing agency in the mountains of Colorado. My diverse business expertise combined with my experience as a storyteller and performer has helped me to support hundreds of businesses in telling their stories.

I have taught at UNC-Asheville, AB Tech and Blue Ridge Community College. I am on the board of the UNC-Asheville Management and Accountancy Department Advisory Board and the ACT Theatre Board. 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 at Babson College in 2017.

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 of grit, tenacity as the author and performer of two award-winning plays Crazy Bag and Carry On which have been performed across the country as well as at ACT, NC Stage and at The Magnetic Theatre. My shows have been called, "humorous and poignant reflections on courage, redemption, and strength".