SOE Award Recipient
2019 • Rock Star: Life Achievement Award •
"You make your own opportunities and then you have to grab them when they come along. You do your best and work hard and it doesn’t always work out but you keep trying."
Carol has built a successful family-owned business and is well known for her many contributions to the community. Rusty’s Pizza first opened their doors in 1969, and currently has 17 locations in Santa Barbara and Bakersfield, employing over 500 people. Carol’s legendary attention to detail has made her family famous not only for their high quality, delicious pizza, but also for their unique themed locations and architecture like the Keeper’s Lighthouse on Cabrillo Boulevard that has forever changed the Santa Barbara skyline. Carol has built Rusty's Pizza on a foundation of community involvement with a strong emphasis on children through school programs, youth organizations and community engagement projects. Beyond the business, Duncan has been an avid supporter of the Santa Barbara Zoo including the zoo’s well-loved Duncan the Dinosaur and friends.