• Meet Murphy •


Murphy Funkhouser Capps

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

I am a woman with a story. I have traveled many miles and lived many lives. After following a very non-traditional path to my own success, I have committed my life to inspire, guide and serve 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.

Prior to Kudzu Brands, I worked in food and beverage, retail, radio and as the operations manager of a large staffing agency in the mountains of Colorado. My diverse business experience combined with my passion and abilities as a storyteller and performer has helped me to put hundreds of businesses "on stage" and tell their stories with impact.

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 taught at UNC-Asheville, AB Tech and Blue Ridge Community College, guiding entrepreneurs, marketers, and other small business owners. I am on the board of the UNC-Asheville Management and Accountancy Department Advisory Board and am the Chair of Throwing Bones for a Cure the non-profit started by her husband who is battling bone marrow cancer. 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.

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".

Learn about the plays here.

Murphy is very human. She’s been a military preacher’s daughter. A theater geek. A bible college dropout. Lived in her car. Broke. A single mom. A married mom. A caregiver. A playwright. An entrepreneur. A storyteller. A branding specialist. A CEO. And, above all, a survivor.
— Daphne Cohn, The Creativity Habit Podcast