Meet the Tableau Ambassadors!

By Tracy Rodgers 2015/04/28

Did you know that the Tableau Community has close to 50,000 users? And of those 50,000, there are a handful that really stand out.

These people not only respond to other’s questions, but also provide detailed explanations and patiently help find the root of the issue. They also share useful Tableau tips and tricks in addition to helping build and grow our vibrant community.

In essence, they are the spirit of Tableau.

I’m talking about our first group of Tableau Ambassadors for the Community Forums.

This new program recognizes members of the Tableau Community who exhibit leadership, knowledge, and advocacy. And so I'd like to introduce to you the first group of Tableau Ambassadors:

Bill Lyons

Bill joined the Community back in 2013, but recently has been extremely active recently, answering questions and contributing to the Tableau Workbook Library.

Specialty: SQL Server, AutoHotKey, Star Trek
Favorite Viz Type: Anything interactive and clear
Self-Professed Crime Against BI: Lacks structure when it comes to anything, but his data.

Joe Oppelt

Joe joined the Community in early 2014 and has provided quite a lot of content, including his video on sheet swapping on dashboards.

Specialty: Sheet swapping, table calcs, backyard chickens, gardening, master swimming
Favorite Viz Type: Whatever makes the user say, "WOW!"
Self-Professed Crime Against BI: Pie charts—“but I do them well.”

Jonathan Drummey

Jonathan joined the Community back in June of 2011, and is the oldest community member of this group. Jonathan’s known for, among many other things, his thoughtful posts explaining how to do something in Tableau and why.

Specialty: Table calcs, data blending, conditional formatting
Favorite Viz Type: Slopegraph
Self-Professed Crime Against BI: Teaching people conditional formatting

KK Molugu

KK joined the Community at the end of 2013, and has busily been helping people since. You may recognize him as the #VizAsArt contest last year. His Tableau design is stunning.

Specialty: Table calcs, data art, photography, running, aesthetics
Favorite Viz Type: Bars & lines
Self-Professed Crime Against BI: Data governance and data usage policies

Matt Lutton

Matt joined the Community in 2013, and quickly climbed the ranks of the leaderboard, being the first to have 100+ of his responses marked as correct.

Specialty: Tableau tips & tricks
Favorite Viz Type: Bar chart
Self-Professed Crime Against BI:
Lack of peer review

Mark Fraser

Mark joined the Community at the end of 2014 and jumped right, in responding to posts, voting and commenting on ideas, and sharing a calculation in the Calculation Reference Library.

Specialty: Being friendly and helpful. Additionally, creating “pre-packaged reports” and executive dashboards. Administering and automating Tableau Server.
Favorite Viz Type: Vizzes related to movies/films
Self-Professed Crime Against BI: Horizontally-striped reports, pie chart (it only sneaked into one dashboard!)

Shawn Wallwork

Shawn joined the Community in 2011, and has been an extremely active member ever since. He is constantly providing suggestions on improving the Community and getting everyone an answer.

Specialty: Foreign policy (his wife takes care of domestic issues)
Favorite Viz Type: Dual axes area chart
Self-Professed Crime Against BI: Ignores “best practices” as they can limit the outcome. It’s like cooking from a cookbook without tasting and adjusting as you go.

Simon Runc

Simon joined the Community at the end of 2014 and in addition to helping solve people’s questions, he’s added a couple of useful documents to the TabWiki.

Specialty: Retail analytics
Favorite Viz Type: “Humble” bar chart
Self-Professed Crime Against BI: Donut charts

Toby Erkson

Toby joined the Community at the end of 2012 and has been answering questions since. These days, you can find him in the Server Admin space where he shares tips.

Specialty: Server admin, VBA for Excel and Access
Favorite Viz Type: The “status” chart on his Tableau Server’s maintenance screen
Self-Professed Crime Against BI: Data tables

The Tableau Ambassadors can be recognized by this icon , and can be found throughout the Tableau Community. They receive swag, recognition, and moderation rights in the Community. In return, we ask that they keep doing what they’re doing: help members of the Community, provide the Community Team with feedback, and add valuable content!


Submitted by Matt Lutton (not verified) on

Thanks Tableau - I will do my best to continue to serve the Community!

Submitted by Shawn W. on

When I'm not dealing with foreign policy, I field date and map questions mostly, and ask a few along the way. Thanks for the honor Tableau.

Submitted by Kelly Martin (not verified) on

Thank-you Ambassadors for all your help to the rest of us! Bravo!

Submitted by Mercy J. on

Thanks so much for sharing your insights Ambassadors - I never fail to get help on any issue without reaching out to the community forum where their efforts are so visible.

Submitted by Steve S. on

What a fun read!

Submitted by Ernie Phipps (not verified) on

I think these forum's are a great way to communicate and solve issues among the Tableau users. Very glad I now know of this group. I constantly in need of answers.

Submitted by Selvaganapathy S. on

Kudos! keep up the good work :)

Submitted by Krishna (not verified) on

Kudos team. I love your photohop effect skills :)

Scary Maze Game

Submitted by Jeff Strauss (not verified) on

Congrats to this fascinating knowledge base.

Submitted by Naquiyah C. on

Congrats guys!! Well deserved !!!

Submitted by Elissa (not verified) on

Congratulations to a stellar group. And thank you for all you do.

Submitted by Sankarmagesh (not verified) on

Congrats guys, keep rocking!