Today (2016) Deno Contos is a professional trailbuilder with his own company in the Upstate of South Carolina – Benchmark Trails Inc. When I met Deno in 1999 I was the South Carolina State Trails Coordinator working for the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. I hired Deno to be our statewide trail education specialist. He outfitted tool trailers to use during his weekend trail building schools with volunteers. The idea was to have trained volunteers around the state who could maintain trails.