By Chris Bavender
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb presented the prestigious Sagamore of the Wabash Award to West Carmel resident Paul Shoopman, president of Paul Shoopman Home Building Group, Inc., in early September. The Sagamore of the Wabash is Indiana’s highest civic honor and is presented to Hoosiers who have distinguished themselves in their contributions to the culture and success of the state.
“I’m very honored to receive the Sagamore of the Wabash Award,” Shoopman said. “I have been blessed in my career to be able to build thousands of new homes for families in central Indiana and it is a great and humbling privilege to be recognized.”
In addition to his contributions as a homebuilder, Shoopman has supported Indiana communities through philanthropic construction projects and charitable donations, including the Center Grove Lassie League Park and Habitat for Humanity.
During his nearly 50-year career as a homebuilder in central Indiana, Shoopman has directed the construction of approximately 10,000 new homes in dozens of developments in Zionsville and Carmel, including the new Waterfront of West Clay.
The development, on the north side of 116th Street, just east of Michigan Road and five minutes from downtown Zionsville, contains 96 large lots around a 30-acre stocked lake. The community is on the Carmel-Zionsville border and offers eight different home designs plus fully custom homes.
Shoopman’s own home serves as a cornerstone property.
“We are delighted to open this new community to those wishing to live in the Carmel and Zionsville area,” Shoopman said. “I’ve enjoyed many happy memories on this estate, and it’s been fulfilling to see our model homes being built on our 30-acre lake. It’s exciting to think about all the natural beauty here, with bald eagles and herons flying around the lake, now being combined with the beauty of these new homes. I’m thrilled to think about how this place will provide wonderful memories for all those who will soon call this place home.”