Custom Building Hosts the ASTD

Seal Beach, California – On Wednesday, September 10th, Custom Building Products ( hosted the Orange County Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development’s Training and Technology Group (ASTD-OC).

Custom demonstrated its CustomNet system to the more than 25 training professionals in attendance. CustomNet is CBP’s internal e-learning network and learning management system, CBP Learner. CBP Learner is a learning portal powered by RISC Inc.’s award-winning Virtual Training Assistant Learning Management Suite.

During the meeting Custom Building’s Training Director, Rob Henderson discussed Custom’s approach to e-learning. CBP began with a software platform in 2000 called AVACAST. Using AVACAST, a web-based virtual classroom, they create, send and archive ‘live’ on-line training sessions via Custom’s internal data network. Additionally Mr. Henderson explained how the various pieces of his CustomNet System are tied together by RISC using their hosted solution.

Custom has created its own ‘Virtual University’ training program by marrying these two platforms along with other off-the-shelf content. The ASTD chapter had the opportunity to see a ‘live’, synchronous training session where participants took turns presenting in front of the camera while various features of the AVACAST platform were demonstrated. They also watched an archived session of a previously broadcast class and navigated through Custom’s ‘Virtual University’ via the RISC Learning Management System.

About Custom Building – Custom Building Products is a manufacturer of industry-leading tile and stone installation products including WonderBoard®, the most widely used backerboard in the world; RhinoBoard™; surface preparation products including RedGard™ and LevelQuik®; a comprehensive line of thin set mortars and adhesives; Polyblend® Colored Tile Grouts; TileLab® Tile and Stone Care Products and SuperiorBilt™ Tools. The company’s growth and product superiority is a result of an ongoing commitment to advanced technology and quality management principles.

For more information on the company’s comprehensive family of quality tile and stone installation products, please call (800) 272-8786 or visit the company’s Web site at

About RISC, Inc. – Founded in 1992, RISC, Inc. has been a pioneer in Learning Management software and received distinction as U.S. News and World Reports “Best of Breed” for LMS providers in 2001. The company’s Virtual Training Assistant suite, offered as an ASP or licensed software, is the culmination of more than a decade of continuous enhancement driven by customer and industry-solicited input. RISC software users represent leaders in a broad range of industry and government entities from BP, the City of Berkeley, Food Lion and Wescom Credit Union to NASA and the USDA Forest Service. For more details on RISC, visit