The spirit of Tableau is our customers. We build software for the everyday person. By listening to and engaging with our community, we not only build better software, but ultimately a better company.
From this community, a select few have risen above all the rest in their mastery of the product, their willingness to share knowledge and most crucially their desire to help us improve the Tableau solutions of tomorrow. They are, at the same time, our biggest advocates as well as our harshest critics. We are lucky to have them.
Each of these people have demonstrated, in his or her own way, the zen of Tableau.
Tableau Zen Masters are nominated by our Tableau community and our team members. Zen Masters are selected for one year based on their contributions from the previous year.
Who are the Zen Masters?
Adam Crahen is the Head of Data Visualization Engineering for Pluralsight. Adam specializes in using data visualization, analytics, and data-storytelling to provide actionable information to stakeholders. Recent projects include setting up a Center of Excellence, supporting strategic partnerships and developing course usage and royalty analytics for our author community.
Adam is a frequent speaker on data visualization and co-founded the data visualization blog thedataduo.com with Pooja Gandhi. Work from the Data Duo has been featured by the United Nations, UNICEF, and several news organizations around the world (i.e., The Independent, Computer World, etc.). Our blog provides the community with a mix of Tableau tips, how-tos and our personal data projects.
Eva is one half of the team behind Makeover Monday, the largest social data project globally, which she co-hosts with Andy Kriebel. Her passion is to help people understand, work with and fall in love with data by giving them a platform for learning about data analysis and visualization and for connecting with like-minded people.
In her day-job Eva manages the BI department at Exasol, is responsible for engagement with the Tableau community and drives the company’s philanthropic engagement.
Outside the data world, Eva is a keen triathlete, recording every swim, mapping every bike ride and analyzing every run. She loves travelling to cities around Europe and visiting other countries across the globe and can often be found wherever gelato is sold.
Joshua Milligan is a four-time Tableau Zen Master. His passion is training, mentoring, and helping people gain insights and make decisions based on their data through visual analytics using Tableau and data prep using Maestro. He is a principal consultant at Teknion Data Solutions, where he has served clients in numerous industries since 2004.
In 2017, Joshua was one of three Iron Viz finalists and competed on the big stage in Las Vegas. He is the author of the book Learning Tableau, now in its second edition and is working on the third. He lives with his wife and three children in Tulsa.
Matt Chambers is Director of Analytics at Clemson University. He provides data visualization and analytics solutions that help leadership find insights and make strategic decisions.
Matt has contributed many custom mapping solutions to the community such as hex maps, area tile maps, and density maps. He is one of the most followed authors on Tableau Public where his work has over two million views. Matt is a 2015 Tableau Iron Viz finalist and two-time Tableau Zen Master.
Tableau has been a part of my life since 2010, but really started to change my life in 2016. That is when I became actively involved in the community, participating regularly in projects like Makeover Monday and Viz for Social Good. Not only did my skills improve, but I made a number of great friendships and got the opportunity to pursue a new job at Pluralsight as Head of Analytics Engineering, working alongside a few of those newfound friends.
When I’m not playing with data, I’m enjoying the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest (which I and my family have called home now for the last 4 years), dabbling in photography and sampling any local beer that is placed in front of me.
Pooja Gandhi is Lead Visualizations Analyst at Comcast NBCUniversal in Philadelphia. At Comcast, she focuses on transforming data into effective visualizations, assisting to develop Comcast’s Centre of Excellence for data and analytics and also co-leads & supports a cause that is close to her heart, Comcast’s internal Data + Women initiative which brings together the women community at Comcast to be their own analytics champions.
This passion has further driven her on a personal level to share about data and analytics on various occasions. As an expert in her field and a recognized Tableau Zen Master, she recently spoke about data and analytics in Japan and Singapore at Tableau Software’s data day out conference. One of her beautiful and functional visualization was picked by UNICEF to be used in their publications to spread awareness of migrant and refugee situations worldwide. She co-founded thedataduo.com with Adam Crahen which features a large variety of beautiful and functional data vizualizations on a variety of different topics.
I started working for Leicestershire County Council 18 years ago as part of the then Research team. But it was in 2011 that things really changed when I downloaded Tableau for the first time. Five (long) years later, in December 2016, we deployed Tableau Server across the Council. Currently I'm called a Business Intelligence Development Team Leader. My job is to ensure the success of the Tableau deployment. I'm responsible for a team of developers that accesses Council data. Then wrangler it and add into our own database to allow analysts to plug in and viz. I'm also known to help with the vizzing.
In any spare time, I write data driven stories with Tableau and Chris Love as the Data Beats on Medium (https://medium.com/@databeats), and create too many spatial treemaps.
Ryan Sleeper is an independent data visualization designer, author, speaker, trainer, and consultant specializing in Tableau.
He is a 2X Tableau Zen Master, 2013 Tableau Iron Viz Champion, author of the 2015 Tableau Public Visualization of the Year, and author of Practical Tableau (O'Reilly).
Shin is always active on the Forums and has been a Top Contributor for more than 12 months. He has more than 825 “correct answers” in the Forum just within calendar year 2017 alone. Shin has been using Tableau since 2014, and joined the Forum from October 2015. Since then, he has continued to answer a wide variety of questions, and has provided support to thousands of people. You can also find him on Twitter, Tableau public and his own blog.
Shin is a Senior Supply Chain Planner within the Semiconductor Industry. In the Tableau community, he became recognized as a Tableau Ambassador from 2016. He has gained more than 80,000 points through Forum activity, which is the 2nd highest score among more than 60,000 community participants.
Shin’s goal is to allow people to enjoy using Tableau more.
Steve Wexler is the founder of Data Revelations and co-author of The Big Book of Dashboards: Visualizing Your Data Using Real-World Business Scenarios (Wiley, 2017).
Steve has worked with ADP, Gallup, Deloitte, Convergys, Consumer Reports, The Economist, ConEd, D&B, Marist, Cornell University, Stanford University, Tradeweb, Tiffany, McKinsey & Company, and many other organizations to help them understand and visualize their data. Steve is a five-time Tableau Zen Master, Iron Viz Champion, and Tableau Training Partner.
His presentations and training classes combine an extraordinary level of product mastery with the real-world experience gained through developing thousands of visualizations for dozens of clients. Steve has taught thousands of people in both large and small organizations and is known for conducting his seminars with clarity, patience, and humor.
Passionate Data Analytics professional with over 10 years of experience in this field in the travel industry (Airline & Hotel).
Yvan Fornes is a Tableau Zen Master and an Analytics Business Consultant at Amadeus, the leading IT solutions provider for the travel industry. He helps Airlines to detect revenue opportunities by analysing and visualising data.
Yvan started his career in Hotel Revenue Management, the department that set the room prices, working for the Marriott Group and, later for the Louvre Hotels Group where he was responsible for data analysis and business intelligence.
In 2000, he started working for Air France Revenue Management and was quickly promoted to Revenue Management Team leader on Air France's domestic routes.
In 2005, Yvan joined Amadeus as an Airline Inventory Product Manager. He was in contact with the world's leading airlines such as Air France, Lufthansa, Singapore, Finnair, SAS...
In 2012, as a consultant for 9 Airlines during 3 years, he used Digital Analytics to help his customers to optimize their websites by improving their Search Engine Optimization (SEO), their advertising campaigns ROI (PPC, display, email...) and their conversion rate.
Zen Masters Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame Zen Masters serve at least 5 terms and are selected based on overall contributions to and stewardship of the Tableau Community. We are privileged to recognize these individuals for their dedication to the Zen Master Program.
What does it take to become a Tableau Zen Master?
Have they shown a deep understanding of how Tableau works? This can apply to all aspects of Tableau’s products. They might create beautiful dashboards on Tableau Public, maintain Tableau Server, write Web Data Connectors, or run a Tableau Centre of Excellence.
Do they develop innovative, effective new ways to use Tableau?
Do they help others be better Tableau users?
Are their answers to questions correct and clear?
Are they Tableau evangelists who share our mission? Also, are they confident to constructively tell us when we get things wrong?
Do we find them engaging with others on our Community Forums, Tableau User Groups, Tableau Public, Twitter, and elsewhere?
Do they contribute useful, popular ideas on our Ideas Forum?
Do they share tips and tricks that even our brightest developers hadn’t considered?
Do they add to the community by offering help to people of all expertise levels?
Do they help bring Tableau and its mission to new communities and geographies?