2020 Rock Star Recipient
2020 • Rock Star: Life Achievement Award •
"I am very concerned about our retail future. We have to develop new mindsets that center on our community rather than on ourselves individually.”
Lynne Tahmisian is the President of La Arcada Investment Corporation. She administers family owned commercial properties that includes La Arcada Plaza which boasts some of Santa Barbara's top restaurants and art galleries as well as hosting a number of retail boutiques and services. Tile-lined walkways, fountains, sidewalk cafes and beautiful sculptures decorate the lush landscapes. Above the street level courtyard, La Arcada Plaza is also home to many businesses and firms.
Tahmisian has deep ties to Westmont College since her father, the late Dwight Small, was a professor emeritus there. She is a 1967 graduate, has served as a member of the Board of Trustees since 2012, and her son Tim is an alumni. In addition to her extended La Arcada family, Tahmisian is the mother of three and has five grandchildren. Lynne taught a Community Bible Study for many years, is active in mentoring young adult Christian women.