AUTO EXCELLENCE - Jet Wash Auto Spa owner Mingma Sherpa, along with his staff Andy MacDonald, Justin St. Onge and Vladimir Abanilla, are proud to receive the Gold award for Best Car Wash in this year's Best of Airdrie contest. Sherpa purchased the business in March and is proud to be a part of the Airdrie community. Curtesy of NINA GROSSMAN/Rocky View Publishing
Jet Wash Auto Spa’s new owner and operator Mingma Sherpa is thrilled readers selected his business as the gold recipient for Best Car Wash in the annual Best of Airdrie awards. “It was really surprising,” he said. “I am very, very appreciative of the people who voted for me.” Sherpa, a father of four, spent ﬁfteen years working at a high-end car dealership in Calgary before purchasing the 24-hour car and dog wash in March. “I knew this was a good place, a good location and community,” Sherpa said “It had good potential for my business.” Sherpa said running his own business has been a life-long dream. “I am so thankful and so proud I am able to own a business,” he said. “Every day when I come to work and I walk into this building, I can’t believe how lucky I am.” Born and raised in Solukhumbu, Nepal, Sherpa used to live only a day’s walk from Mount Everest. He worked and trained as a guide and mountaineer, eventually summiting Everest in 2000 with the Canadian Everest Expedition before moving to Alberta the following year. Once in Alberta, Sherpa was in a couple of television “commercials, as well as movie about Mount Everest. Although he’s proud of the summit, Sherpa said climbing Everest was nowhere near as big an achievement as ﬁnally owning and operating his own business. “I was happy and proud but being a business owner in Canada is amazing,” he said. “I can make regular, hard-working, community people happy.” Jet Wash Auto Spa, located at 108 1st Street N.W., provides a variety of services including car and dog washing, paint protection, window tinting, rock chip repair and auto detailing. Sherpa also rents out U-Hauls. He has two U-Haul vans and two 26-foot trucks. He said customer service is important to the success of his business. “It doesn’t matter if you are spending $600 or just coming in for a $2 car-wash, making the customer happy and making sure they get what they need and want is extremely important,” Sherpa said. “We truly respect and care for our customers, that’s really important to us.” Community support has been invaluable to Sherpa. He said local citizens helped him out following a vandalism incident this year. “They came to help me. A lot of people expressed sympathy to me and I really want to thank the people who have that kind of heart,” he said. Sherpa has been busy since taking over the auto spa, but said he hopes to increase the business’s community involvement in the future, adding he is open to partnerships and promotions with local non-proﬁt organizations. “I like to do anything that helps a good cause in the community,” he said. Sherpa said he owes a' great deal of his success to support from family and friends, both in Nepal and Alberta. “This is beyond my dreams, owning this business,” he said. “I am so happy that we got this award and we will continue providing the best service we can.” Even though his Mount Everest trek was sixteen years ago, it appears Sherpa is still on top of the world, right here in Airdrie.
Curtesy of NINA GROSSMAN/Rocky View Publishing