In his own words: Michael Malody of Amendment 21

Northern Nevada Business Weekly: Tell us a about your company.

Michael Malody, Jr.: Amendment 21 is a casual sports pub and restaurant located in downtown Reno employing a staff of 15 friendly bartenders, servers and kitchen staff. Our menu is pretty diverse, everything from Asian chicken salad to potato skin pizzas, and better than you would expect from your typical pub. We have daily $5.95 lunch specials and $7.95 dinner specials, a full bar, and plenty of screens and comprehensive programming of college and professional football, basketball, hockey, baseball and tons of other sports.

NNBW: What role do you play in the company?

Malody: As a small business owner for more than 11 years now, I do just about everything from administrative, accounting, business development, legal, IT, marketing, special events, and public relations. If we do it, odds are I have some level of involvement.

NNBW: How did you get into this profession?

Malody: I'm a sports fanatic, and Nate Lance and I met in 2007 and decided to give this a shot within a year of discussing it.

NNBW: What is something no one knows about your job?

Malody: You have to deal with way more with legal and government issues than you would ever expect.

NNBW: If you could have had any other profession what would it have been? Why wasn't it your first choice?

Malody: U.S. Ambassador to Ireland. I am not giving up hope for that!

NNBW: How do you spend your time away from the office?

Malody: Family time with my beautiful wife Liz and sons Jake, who's 2, and Evan, 8 months old.

NNBW: Do you have a favorite vacation memory?

Malody: I fondly remember four-wheeling literally on the beach with my wife in Cabo San Lucas. You can do a whole lot more in Mexico than you ever could in the states.

NNBW: Of all the things you learned from your parents, which do you feel was the most valuable?

Malody: Be independent, not dependent, and value education.

NNBW: What is the quirkiest or oddest job you've ever had?

Malody: Walking door-to-door in a district in Las Vegas campaigning for a friend of mine who eventually became a Clark County Commissioner.

NNBW: What person, living or dead, would you most like to have dinner with, and why?

Malody: Jesus of Nazareth. It would be nice to have a confirmation of my faith.

NNBW: What's the best advice anyone ever gave you?

Malody: Do not listen to unsolicited advice.

NNBW: What do you like most about your job? What do you like least?

Malody: I am the principal organizer of the Reno Beer Crawl, a popular craft beer tasting event that takes place every month on the fourth Saturday at 15-plus diverse downtown Reno taverns. I really love interacting with the hundreds of great folks, from in and out of town, who enjoy our event and get exposed to what I feel makes Reno great. I am not the fondest of having to often be the bad guy in administering the event.

NNBW: What is the one thing you most want people to remember about you?

Malody: As long as my boys are as fond of me as I am of my father, it does not matter to me how I am otherwise remembered.

The basics:

Name: Michael R. Malody, Jr., managing member of Amendment 21 Grill & Sports Bar and the Reno Beer Crawl

How long have you been in this job? 2-plus years

How long in the profession? 2-plus years. I was in "Big 4" public accounting for six years and small business & commercial property investment and consulting for 11 years.

Education: B.A. Economics, University of Notre Dame '93

Best book you've read? "Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad

What's on your iPod? Dave Matthews, the Fray and "Mike Frank's Power Hour" (weekly Notre Dame football show)

The best movie ever? "Godfather II"


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