What do you do?
Pasang Sherpa

Where do you work and what is your title?
       I am the sales and marketing person at Everest Tibet Imports.
What do you do there and/or what are you responsible for?
       Besides selling items, I also focus on who visits here, developing peace and getting to know the people here on the Westside.
How long have you been doing this kind of work (total)? How long on the Westside?
       For six years, all here. My sister owns the store. I was born in Bhutan and studied for 10 years in Tibet. I came to Tennessee to visit my godparents, who adopted me when I was 17 years old. They were visiting and working in Nepal from America at the time.
What do you like best about it (other than quitting time)?
       I like the people who visit here. They are kinder, friendlier and more peaceful.
If you could change one thing (other than pay), what would it be?
       I am satisfied with my work here. I’d like more parking and the one complaint I hear from visitors is the need for public restrooms.
What part of your work did your training/education never prepare you for?
       My Buddhism. A lot of people think that my religion is Buddhist. It is not; it is a way of life. I try to share my philosophy of love and compassion without trying to change another’s religion.
What makes working on the Westside special?
       The people here are very nice and so is the community.

“What do you do?” is a regular feature in the Westside Pioneer. If you know someone who has an interesting job on the Westside (but doesn’t live here), he/she might be a candidate for this column! If you know someone who might qualify, give us a call at 471-6776.