Being a Chartered Accountant by profession, handling money and its nuances has been part and parcel of Pai’s routine life. In 1999, he became a member of the Town Bank. This is a co-operative bank in Mangalore which was established in the year 1918 by late freedom fighter Karnad Sadashiv Rao. Currently, the bank has a business of INR 200 plus Crores.
He was co-opted as a Director of the bank during the year 2007. In 2010, he was elected as the Director of the Bank for a tenure of 5 years. This trend followed in the year 2015 and 2020, when MN was unanimously re-elected for this post. Being part of the managing authority of the bank, he involves himself in drafting the plans, policies, procedures, and also involves himself in strategic decisions of the Bank. The loan proposals and the bank investments are also part of the committee's responsibilities.
As Pai took up other responsibilities he stepped down from the Directorship role in September 2022.
Chinmaya School started its Journey in a small building at Arya Samaj Road Kadri, Mangalore in the year 1978. It was established with a view to meet the needs of Economically Weak Students who could not Afford to pay Prohibitive Donations and Fees. Presently runs classes for Kindergarten to 10th standard in its 45th year in serving the community.
He joined the Managing Committee of Chinmaya Educational Institution in September, 2004. In November, 2004, Pai was appointed as the Secretary, a position he held for the next 14 years. Under his guidance, enrichment programs for teachers and innovative methods of education for the students have been implemented.
Currently, he is serving as the President of the Chinmaya Educational Institution from 2020.