The Kudzu Team

The Kudzu Team-We Grow Brands.

The Kudzu Brand Artists

MURPHY FUNKHOUSER CAPPS Whether putting my client’s brands in the spotlight or entertaining audiences myself, I believe that “everyone has a story”. I serve the world in several ways including as a partner and brand strategist at Kudzu Brands. I am also a speaker and educator, performer, and playwright (just ask about the baggage). A firm believer that success is not always a “straight line”, I am known for my empathy for the entrepreneurial journey and my passion for helping businesses grow. About my work, clients have said, “Murphy is gifted in sensing and expressing a business’s personality and vision. She also has a particular talent for seeing creative ways of sharing that personality and vision with the world.” I serve on the advisory board for The UNCA School of Business. I am a recent graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program. I am also the co-founder and facilitator of the Bonfire Storytelling for Business Conference. Learn more at .

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. A day in my life includes shaping the marketing strategy for a global technology company, herding ten creative cats, writing all the procedures that support Kudzu Brands’ proven process, keeping the clients happy and the brands growing like, well know. And, yes. I do all this fueled only by coffee and one hard-boiled egg. Did I mention, I can also drive a tractor and lasso a cow? Yeah, I’m pretty much a badass….even if I do squeal like a kid when I see a baby alpaca. Local to the Western North Carolina area, I graduated from East Tennessee State University with a Bachelor in Business Administration. For over two decades, my professional career has included everything from business management to human resources, graphic design to corporate strategic marketing plans. Experienced in B2B and B2C marketing, my experience is in strategic business management and developing brand management plans. My 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.

HANNAH TEO 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.” As a graphic designer I will support your brand with strategic, meaningful, engaging, and of course, creative design. My process starts with a big cup of coffee, and probably some chocolate because SOME people won’t stop bringing it in to the office (you know who you are.) 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 way 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 pretty much obsessed with continually learning, collaborating and finding new ways to leave something better than how I found it. My days are spent partnering with and rooting for CEOs, Executives and Solopreneurs. 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). Now…enough about me, let’s hear more about YOU!

VICTORIA OLMER – Writing can be terrifying… That’s why I’m here. As a graduate from 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). I meld precision and creativity together to provide you with a crisp, yet flawless product. As the Content Strategist at Kudzu Brands, you can count on me to help you dig out that story floating around in the depths of your imagination and turn it into something that the world can lay their eyes on. Whether you’re still trying to figure out what your story is or you’re ready to beautifully describe why your business is the best in the town, leave to me to do the crafting. In my spare time, I enjoy petting my cat Moon Bear, snacking on chocolate and drinking kombucha, contemplating the complexities of the universe, yoga and watching scary shows.