The Kudzu Brand Artists
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CEO & Chief Brand Strategist
MURPHY FUNKHOUSER CAPPS is the CEO and chief brand strategist at Kudzu Brands. She is also a consultant specializing in creativity and storytelling in business. She is a frequent speaker at UNCA, AB Tech and Blue Ridge Community College, guiding future entrepreneurs and marketers and other small business owners. Murphy has worked for two decades in corporate training, management, marketing and branding. She is a graduate of Leadership Asheville, Class 29, a member of the United Way Women’s Leadership Group and serves on the UNCA School of Business Advisory Board. She is also an accomplished playwright and actress. Her original one-woman play won at the Colorado Theatre Festival and was nominated for a Denver Post Ovation Award. In her quiet time, Murphy can be found doing yoga (badly) or trying to read Mary Oliver without interruption.
Coach or Consult with Murphy. Schedule here.
Murphy is available for speaking engagements.
Business & Operations Manager, Managing Partner
HEATHER JOHNSON supports Kudzu Brands as Business and Operations Manager and Managing Partner. Local to the Western North Carolina area, Heather graduated East Tennessee State University with a Bachelor in Business Administration. For over two decades, her professional career has included everything from business management to human resources, graphic design to corporate strategic marketing plans. Experienced in B2B and B2C marketing, her experience is specifically in strategic business management and developing brand management plans. Heather’s focus is to assist with day-to-day operations and project management for the Kudzu team as well as offer guidance and strategic branding insight on specific projects.
When she is not putting out fires (aka fanning the flames of creativity), Heather likes to spend time with her family and work on her parent’s farm.
KATIE ROTANZ graduated from Virginia Tech in 2011 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication Design and played on the varsity women’s lacrosse team. During college she worked at FourDesign, a faculty-led, student-run digital and print design agency. She also worked as a graphic designer and pre-press assistant at Virginia Tech Printing.
After moving to Asheville, Katie worked at Market Connections for three years where she was a graphic designer and art director specializing in branding, web design, print, advertising, and art direction.
In her spare time, Katie loves hiking and camping with her boyfriend and two dogs. She also enjoys traveling and takes her fantasy football team very seriously.
Senior Brand Manager
CAITLIN CAMPBELL attended New York University, and has spent most of her post-academic days as an entrepreneur spanning the industries of holistic health and vegan cuisine production. As a small business owner, she is aware of how branding drives customer response, and how the perfectly communicated company vision can be the key to excelling in the marketplace. She joins Kudzu with an undying passion for language, after having lived over five years of her life in the UK, and witnessing the English language at its most beautiful! Caitlin draws on her experience as an entrepreneur, and her creative ability as a writer, to manage all of the projects that come through Kudzu’s studios, from design to print.
ALEX DECKARD has an MBA from Western Carolina University. Alex has also consulted with local entrepreneurs and businesses to help solve real life business problems. Alex studies how people use websites and how business can optimize their sites to impact their bottom line. Using on site and off site optimization techniques, Alex helped high-grossing medical practices websites rank higher in Google and drive more traffic. As a local search specialist, Alex understands key word usage and the local search ecology.
ASHLEIGH ROGERS is a recent graduate of Western Carolina University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. She is a creative with an eye for good typography, layout and strong design elements. Ashleigh focuses on executing details that might otherwise go unnoticed. She enjoys design work because of the creative process and the ability to bring clients’ ideas to life. When she’s not beautifying brands, Ashleigh enjoys pampering her pitbull, leisurely summer nights with her husband in their camper by the lake, and cooking elaborate dinners!
Communications Coordinator & Copywriter
HANNAH TEO is a recent graduate of Montreat College, majoring in Communications and minoring in Business Administration. As a Communications Coordinator, Hannah is excited to help clients through their brand development process, as well as create beautiful copy to
complement each project.
Outside of Kudzu, Hannah enjoys discovering new restaurants, personal fitness, and traveling both locally and overseas.
Founder, Vision Keeper & Production Consultant
KENNY CAPPS is a graduate of the University of Georgia and University of Denver College of Law. With talents in art and design, Kenny saw an opportunity to use his creativity while meeting a need in the business world. Kenny’s skills include design, illustration, project management, and the ability to print, produce and install almost anything. In 2013, he started The Print House at Kudzu Brands as a craft micro-printer, and a partner to Kudzu Brands. Kenny met his lovely wife Murphy while they were classmates in Leadership Asheville, Class 29. In his free time, Kenny actually enjoys running at least 30 miles per week. Kenny can also really rock a bow tie. Consult with Kenny on a print or production project here.
ADAM GARNSEY is the production manager in the print shop. He makes sure your signs, banners, posters, business cards, and all your printed collateral matches your brand. He served in the Army for 6 years. After serving, he worked at Fedex as the lead production manager.
When he’s not manifesting your brand in the print shop, he takes care of his two cats and loves to play video games. What you may not know he used to sing karaoke six days a week. Next time you’re in the shop, if you ask nice, he’ll belt out a tune for you.
ERIK BULLOCK is a graduate from Winthrop University in Fine Art with a focus in Visual Communication Design and a Minor in Art History. He has been working as a Graphic Designer for over 8 years, within commercial offset print shops, various screen printing studios, and even a small letterpress operation. His craft stems from his own personal work using mostly serigraphy and mixed media. He handles all the production at the Kudzu print house along with Adam. And when he’s not creating and printing artwork, he’s busy riding his bike or writing music and doodling in his journals.