Skip to main content

VizFirst - Visio Consulting, Mentoring, Solutions

Over 20 Years providing the world's finest Visio Services
About Us
Contact Us
Site Map
Member Login
Leave Requests & Comments
Downloadable Documents
Lectures and Engagements
Mr. David A. Edson, CEO
Latest News!
Mr. David A. Edson, M.Arch., MCP, Visio MVP Alumni: Brief Bio

Mr. David A. Edson, M.Arch., MCP, Microsoft Visio MVP


David A. Edson was trained as an Architect, holding degrees in Architecture and Architectural History. He has been involved in the CADD industry since 1985 as both a 3rd party developer to Autodesk and an independent consultant. Dave first began utilizing Visio and joined Visio Corporation with its introduction in 1992, utilizing it as a tool for software development. Dave worked for ten years in the field of Computer Aided Design and Drafting as a custom-programming manager with a focus on architectural based products and custom solutions. Dave has spent the last several years traveling all over the world training other developers in the use of both Visio and VBA as a development and solutions platform and evangelizing the use of objects and object-models as building blocks to robust software solutions.

Dave continued his evangelism efforts as Technical Product Manager within the Developer Tools Division of Microsoft, focusing on Visual Studio for Applications, Visual Studio Integration and Visual Basic for Applications. Dave is currently the Chief Executive Officer of and with Vizfirst (the Microsoft ‘go-to’ partner for Visio education, consulting and customization), consulting to large corporations on a global basis, focusing on Visual Application Development with Visio, and on Programmability Applications with Visual Studio .NET and Visual Studio for Applications.

Dave was the recipient of the Microsoft 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 MVP (Most Valued Partner) award in recognition of his outstanding achievement in support of Visio technology, and Visio customers. This award is given to very select partners in the US each year and is amongst the highest awards conferred by Microsoft to any partner / professional. Dave is also a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) in Data Visualization. Dave assisted Microsoft in authoring the Data Visualization Certification Exam as well.


A featured speaker at Microsoft Tech-Ed both in the United States and Europe as well as Advisor Dev-Con, ODDC, and Microsoft Technical Briefings, Dave has also been an author and columnist for SmartPages, Design Solution,, VBPJ, Microsoft Office and VBA Development, Cadence, and Cadylist as well as AutoCAD Tech Journal. Dave is the author of an acclaimed book on Visio development and Object Model programmability entitled Professional Development with Visio 2000, published by Macmillan/SAMS. Dave has authored several additional Print Books and eBooks on Visio use and Visio Development.