2019 Rock Star: Lifetime Achievement Award


Carol Duncan - Owner & CEO Rusty's Pizza

The Spirit of Entrepreneurship is thrilled to announce Carol Duncan, owner and CEO of Rusty’s Pizza Parlors, as the 2019 Rock Star: Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Duncan has built a successful family-owned business and is well known for her many contributions to the community. She will be honored at the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards Gala on May 3rd at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort.

Duncan is the ninth recipient of the prestigious Rock Star: Lifetime Achievement Award, which is presented annually to a successful woman entrepreneur who has made an indelible impact on our community.

“As Rusty’s Pizza celebrates its 50th year in business, it is a wonderful opportunity to honor Carol Duncan,” said Marsha Bailey, WEV Founder and CEO. “Rusty’s is a time-honored family dining tradition and Carol’s generous philanthropy has touched so many in our community.”

Rusty’s Pizza first opened their doors in 1969, and currently has 17 locations in Santa Barbara and Bakersfield, employing over 500 people. Duncan’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.

Duncan 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.

Read more about Carol, and Rusty's early days, in the Santa Barbara Independent here. To learn more about previous Rock Star: Lifetime Achievement Award winners click here.