Meet Murphy

Murphy Funkhouser

Brand, Marketing & Business Consultant & Strategist

Brand, Marketing & Business Educator

“Murphy is a dynamic and inspiring person, and so fun to work with!” – Christa Capua, Capua Law

Murphy Funkhouser is a business, brand and marketing strategist, consultant and educator who has supported the creation or launch of over 500 brands in her 20-year career. She was the co-founder and owner of Kudzu Brands, based in Asheville, and now owns a private business and brand strategy firm, BrandStage Consulting. Her expertise includes creating, launching, and building brands and developing business and non-profit marketing strategies. 

Murphy has taught business, branding and entrepreneurship at multiple higher education and business schools. She is a year-round teacher, coach and facilitator at the non-profit Mountain Bizworks in Asheville. She is a graduate of the Goldman Sach’s 10,000 Small Businesses program.

Murphy has been awarded the Best in Business/Entrepreneur of the Year from the Asheville Chamber of Commerce. She has also received the Girl Scout’s Woman of Distinction Award for her work with female entrepreneurs.

With the help of her great supporting cast, Murphy offers business and brand strategy and consulting and full service business, brand and marketing management for a wide range of businesses looking to improve performance.

voted best in business/
entrepreneur of the year
Asheville Chamber of Commerce.

Personal note from murphy

Just as the spark bursts from the flame, most paths to success do not follow a straight line. I studied theatre in college. I since worked as a professional actress, radio voice over actress and sales person, corporate trainer, business manager and then branding agency owner.

When I am not creating strategies that help businesses perform, I am on the stage myself. My understanding of the stage and the elements of a performance transfer to my understanding of business and branding. I know how to tell a compelling story. I understand how to get an audience’s attention. I understand how all the elements, actors and “scene changes” must work together to produce a great brand!

My business and brand expertise combined with my experience as a performer make me the perfect business or brand strategist for any business or organization looking for creative and effective strategies to take center stage in the market.

I am currently obtaining my Master’s Degree in Communications and Storytelling from East Tennessee State University.

Learn more about Murphy’s personal stories as the author and performer of multiple award-winning plays that have been performed across the country.