LAS VEGAS — The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) presented Sean McCabe from Anuskewicz & McCabe, P.C., with the coveted American Indian Business of the Year award on March 22 at its annual Reservation Economic Summit (RES).
Many businesses are considered for the prestigious award each year and selections are awarded to a qualifying business that has demonstrated success, is tribally-owned or tribal-member owned, and has demonstrated a high level and high degree of community involvement.
Gary Davis, president and chief executive officer (CEO), of the NCAIED said Sean McCabe was the obvious choice to receive this award.
“A business owner that has accomplished great things, who gives back to the community, who is excelling in their sector—there was no more obvious choice than Sean McCabe from Anuskewicz & McCabe to be awarded and for personifying what the award stands for,” Davis said.
Derrick Watchman, chairman of the NCAIED, agreed. “On behalf of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, I congratulate Anuskewicz & McCabe, P.C., for receiving the Business of the Year award. We are proud of their accomplishments and their contributions to Indian Country. They have certainly demonstrated success, hard work and dedication.”
Anuskewicz & McCabe, P.C., a Native American-owned firm founded in 2006, is owned by managing partners Sean Anuskewicz and Sean McCabe. McCabe is a certified public accountant (CPA) licensed in Arizona and New Mexico, and has more than 19 years of experience in the fields of finance and public accounting. He is a Navajo tribal member from Fort Defiance, Ariz., on the Navajo Nation. His business partner Sean Anuskewicz has been working in public accounting for more than 20 years. Most of Anuskewicz’s work has also been within Indian Country. Together, the partnership brings more than 39 years of experience to their company.
Anuskewicz and McCabe, P.C., provides accounting and consulting services to tribal governments, casinos, tribally-owned businesses, and not-for-profit organizations around the country—100% of the firm’s client roster is Native American. In addition, the firm has committed itself to being the only firm in the country that will hire only Native American professionals. The duo are also owners and partners of Native Payroll Services, LLC, along with two other CPAs, a company designed with tribal organizations in mind that provides full service payroll just like the “big buys.”
“We are Native American-owned and operated, and understand the nuances that are unique to American Indian governments,” said McCabe. “We commit ourselves to a service approach unparalleled by any other firm for our understanding of the delicate weaving of business and culture within our organization. Providing the respect that both these elements command are paramount in our business strategy.”
McCabe is well-known for his financial consulting work and for his speaking engagements throughout Indian Country, and for providing training and advice on financial audits and operational issues. He has been a chief financial officer (CFO) and CEO, and he understands the strategies and challenges those positions entail. He earned his B.A. in Accounting from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., and is a member of the New Mexico Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
He started his career as a staff auditor at a local firm in Albuquerque before being recruited by another company as CFO, then eventually was named CEO of that same company at 28 years old. After several years, another successful company recruited McCabe where he served as CEO.
Realizing his strengths and having executive experience under his belt, McCabe started his own CPA firm where he teamed up with Anuskewicz, and they have been doing what they love since—accounting while helping Indian Country.
Despite the high demands of his work, McCabe balances business with pleasure and always manages to spend quality time with his family, playing a round of golf, playing guitar and listening to his all-time favorite band U2.
A dedicated person to his community, McCabe also lends his expertise to other organizations, including non-profits, as a consultant.
“Sean gives back, you see him on so many different boards, donating his time with so many organizations out there in Indian Country, at the same time, he is pushing the envelope with the various things he’s involved in,” Davis said.
From 2007-2011, he served as the inaugural board chairman of the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise where he oversaw the development of the multi-million dollar gaming economy on the Navajo Nation. He was also a member of the American Institute for Certified Public Accountants Minority Initiatives Committee and he was the only Native American to ever serve on the committee. He used his position on the nation-wide committee to reach out to Native students on the benefits of a career in accounting.
He currently serves as the board chairman of the Notah Begay III Foundation since 2012. He covets this role and is fully committed to the dangerous epidemic of childhood obesity and Type II diabetes in our Native children. He also serves as board secretary/treasurer of Diné Development Corporation, which is the parent company of NOVA Corporation, which was last year’s winner of the American Indian Business of the Year award. He is also a member of the National Council for the Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indian.
McCabe won several awards over the years including “’40 Under 40 Emerging Leaders” from the NCAIED and the “40 Under 40” award from New Mexico Business.
McCabe said he is humbled by the Business of the Year recognition and he hopes to be a role model to other Native entrepreneurs and professionals.
“Awards like this are indication of all of us coming together as Native businesses and work 100% with Native America,” said McCabe. “I share this award with all of you—this is an example of what we can all do together. I pride myself on working with other Native businesses. We will continue strengthening partnerships in Indian Country.”