The Kudzu Team

The Kudzu Team-We Grow Brands.

The Brand Experts

MURPHY FUNKHOUSER CAPPS Whether putting my client’s brands in the spotlight or entertaining audiences myself, I believe that “everyone has a story”. In addition to being a brand strategist, I am also a speaker, business educator and performer.  I am known for my empathy for the entrepreneurial journey and my passion for helping businesses grow.  I serve on the advisory board for The UNCA School of Business, am a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program and was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year in 2018 from the Asheville Chamber of Commerce.

HEATHER JOHNSON Some call me the Space Cowboy, some call me the gangster of….ok, so, you can call me the powerhouse co-partner and brand strategist at Kudzu Brands. Did I mention, I can also drive a tractor and lasso a cow? I graduated from East Tennessee State University with a Bachelor in Business Administration. Experienced in B2B and B2C marketing, my experience is in strategic business management and developing brand management plans.

HANNAH WELBORN is an organizer. Whether she is directing a multi-location photo or video shoot, managing all aspects of your brand, or keeping the office plants alive, Hannah brings organization and logic to every project she shepherds. Branding is difficult, we don’t deny that, but let us handle the ‘dirt’y work to get to your business growing!

DENISE SZAKALY was born a creative. She eats, sleeps and “bleeds” designs, ranging from publication design to logos and everything in between. If you want a balanced, crisp clean design with attention to detail—she’s your girl to create your mark in this world! She is CMYK—the Creative Mastermind You Know and need.

KENDRA DIAZ – “Make them stop, think, and remember. Design is about changing perceptions and making connections.” My process starts with a big cup of coffee, and probably some chocolate. Then I engage a pen and paper, I take lots of notes, doodle some concepts, pour another cup of coffee and move the ideas into the digital world. This is where the magic happens, the realm where anything is possible. I also love to make people laugh. All jokes are good jokes, even if it’s in Comic Sans. You can’t stop me from having a Helvetica good time.”

KATLYN WRIGHT – As the New Client Manager at Kudzu Brands, I do more than cultivate relationships. With five years of business development experience under my belt and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, I’m obsessed with continually learning, collaborating and finding new ways to leave something better than how I found it. When in need of an extra boost, I’m fueled by dark chocolate and Dr. Pepper, and in my spare time you’ll find me watching Gilmore Girls (for the umpteenth time).

VICTORIA OLMER – Writing can be terrifying… That’s why I’m here. As a graduate of James Madison University with a Bachelor of Technical Communication and a Bachelor of Music, I’m pretty much all over the map (in a good way). As the Content Strategist at Kudzu Brands, I help clients manifest that story floating in the depths of your imagination and turn it into something that will help your business grow. In my spare time, I enjoy petting my cat Moon Bear, snacking on chocolate and drinking kombucha, contemplating the complexities of the universe, doing yoga and watching scary shows.