Tableau Zen Masters

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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.

What are the Zen Masters doing?

Blog Post
Save time and stay consistent with a template of calculated fields

When working with Tableau, it is very common for a data analyst to write the same calculated fields over and over again for various workbooks. This repetitive task is not only time-consuming but also increases the risk of writing inconsistent calculations. This can be especially true when working with a team of analysts who are working on collaborating projects. This solution attempts to fill that gap using functionality that is available natively in Tableau and 100% supported—no XML Hacks.

Blog Post
How to add illustrations to your dashboard and why you should care

When creating dashboards, visual elements don’t have to be restricted to the data visualization alone, but can also extend to the titles, legends, labels, and help elements—grabbing readers’ attention and helping them process and understand your visualization faster.

Blog Post
How to make the perfect bar chart widths when changing date

Bar chart widths can become a headache when swapping Date Levels from say a specific year to a certain month. You may have tried some common techniques like changing the Date to Discrete, but the width is still not right. You can avoid this headache and achieve the beautiful, pixel-perfect bar charts we all love with these simple instructions.

Who are the Zen Masters?

Adam Crahen
Adam Crahen

Adam Crahen

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.

Adam McCann
Adam McCann

Adam McCann
Adam McCann is currently the Director of Analytics at KeyMe. He is a data scientist specializing in predictive analytics, data mining and data visualization. On his blog DuelingData.com Adam posts on topics ranging from data art to data science all in Tableau. Mr. McCann also teaches an information visualization course at the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Allan Walker
Allan Walker

Allan Walker
There might not be anyone in the community doing work as advanced as Allan right now. Responsive dashboards? Animations on Tableau Public? Device-specific dashboards using just CSS? Check. They may not be tricks we all need to use, but this level of mastery, developed through extensive collaboration across the community, shows true mastery of the product.
Ann Jackson
Ann Jackson

Ann Jackson
Ann Jackson is a cat and logic loving individual dedicated to spreading her contagious enthusiasm for data visualization to the world. By day she spends her time partnering with data extractors and business users to unlock answers within their data. Outside of work she leads the Phoenix Tableau User Group, loves contributing to global community initiatives like #MakeoverMonday and #WorkoutWednesday, and stays active through blogging and Twitter. Ann is known for her clean and highly analytical visualizations, commitment to the community (including data+women), and infinite energy and optimism around all things data and Tableau.
Anya A'Hearn
Anya A'Hearn

Anya A'Hearn
The founder of DataBlick, Anya has long been a source for serious data wrangling and aesthetics. Blending her background in economics and product design Anya specializes in creating dashboards that are as useful as they are beautiful.
Bridget Cogley
Bridget Cogley

Bridget Cogley
Bridget sees Tableau in a fresh and inspiring way. Effective data communication is more than just putting some charts on a dashboard. There are many more things to consider: layout, color, annotations, etc. Bridget holds our hands and gives us great ideas about how to turn a good visualization into an engaging one.
Chloe Tseng
Chloe Tseng

Chloe Tseng
Chloe Tseng is a Senior Data Analyst at Twitter, where she turns complex statistics and data into a story to drive business decisions. She loves visualizing data to increase awareness and understanding of important social causes, and founded Viz For Social Good, a community that promotes social good through data visualization. Deeply passionate about limiting gender inequality, she is the co-founder of She Talks Data, a non-profit organization that creates an intimate environment to drive authentic dialogue and provides technical and leadership events to support women with skills needed for professional advancement.
Chris DeMartini
Chris DeMartini

Chris DeMartini
Chris DeMartini came to the Tableau community through his work in network graphing. He has focused on incorporating dynamic aspects to his visualizations as well as working with the Tableau JS API, often blogging about these techniques on DataBlick. Some of his past work includes the likes of jump plots, hive plots, and even his family tree.
Chris Love
Chris Love

Chris Love
Chris uses his advanced skills not to blow us away with technical mastery but to teach us to keep things simple. This is a vital skill. While we get to see his mastery in his work on Tableau Public, we also appreciates his focus on helping the people who are new to Tableau, or those who just need to do the simplest thing possible to bring change in their organization. He uses his expertise to promote simplicity, not just advanced uses of Tableau.
David Murphy
David Murphy

David Murphy
David Murphy, aka Datasaurus Rex, is unique. He’s a leader in the field of people tackling unexpected topics (deaths in Game of Thrones, scoring patterns on TV quiz shows) with Tableau visualizations, his YouTube channel and humour. In fact, he’s the only person in this field and it’s for this reason he’s a Zen Master.
Emma Whyte
Emma Whyte

Emma Whyte
Certified Tableau Trainer and Consultant in the UK with The Information Lab. Tableau Server and Desktop Certified. Data Vizzer, cyclist, hiker, general outdoorsy person and occasional baker.
Eva Murray
Eva Murray

Eva Murray

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.

Jeffrey Shaffer
Jeffrey Shaffer

Jeffrey Shaffer
Jeffrey A. Shaffer is the Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Information Technology and Analytics at Unifund. He is also Adjunct Professor at the University of Cincinnati teaching Data Visualization where he was the 2016 Outstanding Adjunct Professor of the Year. He is an author of The Big Book of Dashboards and is a regular speaker on the topic of data visualization and Tableau training at conferences, symposiums, workshops, universities, and corporate training programs. He was the winner of the 2014 Tableau Quantified Self Visualization Contest which led him to compete in the 2014 Tableau Iron Viz Contest. His data visualization blog DataPlusScience.com and The Big Book of Dashboards were on the shortlist for the Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards and his Beautiful Trash visualization was on the longlist and featured as one of the 75 best Infographics of 2017 by Column Five Media.
Joshua Milligan
Joshua Milligan

Joshua Milligan

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.

Ken Flerlage
Ken Flerlage

Ken Flerlage
Ken Flerlage is an analytics professional with nearly 20 years of experience in Information Technology. For the past five years, he has been primarily focused on data and analytics. Ken works at Bucknell University as a Business Intelligence Architect, where he is responsible for architecture, design, and development of data warehousing and analytics solutions across all functional areas of the university. Ken began using Tableau in June, 2016 and fell in love with the platform immediately. He writes about analytics and data visualization, with a focus on Tableau, on his blog, http://www.kenflerlage.com.
Lilach Manheim
Lilach Manheim

Lilach Manheim
Lilach blends together a background in art history and human-centered information design to tell visual stories. She is also known across the Tableau community as the world's biggest dot plot evangelist.
Matt Chambers
Matt Chambers

Matt Chambers

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.

Michael Mixon
Michael Mixon

Michael Mixon

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.

Mike Cisneros
Mike Cisneros

Mike Cisneros
At various times in his career, Mike has been: an editor; a software developer: a graphic designer; a data analyst; and an online community builder. Today, he uses the skills learned from all these disciplines to provide elegant, persuasive, and effective data visualizations, for fun and profit.
Neil Richards
Neil Richards

Neil Richards
I've been using Tableau for 2.5 years or so - I've been an enthusiastic participant creating visualisations on Tableau Public and learning something new with every viz I create. I will always try something new and am a strong believer that intrigue leads to insight. I've enjoyed being a Tableau Public ambassador since 2017 and blogging my thoughts and findings about data visualisation along the way: Tableau has enabled me to combine latent creativity I never knew I had with mathematical and logical mindset, and that's why I enjoy creating visualisations so much. Love to talk and present - I don't have huge expertise to pass on but I have enthusiasm and my own perspective, both of which I'm always happy to pass on to anyone who is interested. In my day job I work in the UK Higher Education sector helping teams of professionals working collaboratively on a range of dashboards. Humbled and flabbergasted to be a Zen Master.
Paul Banoub
Paul Banoub

Paul Banoub
Paul is the director of Agile Business Intelligence at UBS investment bank in London. He is responsible for the design, engineering, and support of a global, enterprise-scale Tableau Centre of Excellence supporting almost 12,000 users. Paul has developed one of the most dynamic and well-respected Tableau Server deployments in Europe, with user empowerment, community and training at the heart of the service. Paul is highly active in the Tableau community (Twitter @paulbanoub) and blogs regularly at www.vizninja.com.
Pooja Gandhi
Pooja Gandhi

Pooja Gandhi

Pooja Gandhi is a Lead Analytics Engineer at Pluralsight. She focuses on transforming data into visualizations to help people understand their business operations more visually. She has keen interest in market research and helps people make data-driven decisions.

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.

Robert Radburn
Robert Radburn

Robert Radburn

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.

Rody Zakovich
Rody Zakovich

Rody Zakovich
A Tableau Junkie with a passion for lateral thinking and alternative charting.
Ryan Sleeper
Ryan Sleeper

Ryan Sleeper

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).

Shinichiro Murakami
Shinichiro Murakami

Shinichiro Murakami

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
Steve Wexler

Steve Wexler

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.

Tamas Foldi
Tamas Foldi

Tamas Foldi
The white-hat hacker of Tableau Server, Tamas breaks Tableau Server so you don’t have to. His extensive knowledge of Tableau Server and its APIs allows him to manipulate Tableau like no other person. Fortunately he uses these skills to build and share incredible tips for the Server admin community. He strives to help customers and advises the Tableau development team on ways in which we can improve our products.
Yoshihito Kimura
Yoshihito Kimura

Yoshihito Kimura
The Last Samurai who really hopes to spread Tableau in Japan.
Yvan Fornes
Yvan Fornes

Yvan Fornes

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.

Brit Cava
Brit Cava

Brit Cava
Chuck Hooper
Chuck Hooper

Chuck Hooper
Dan Murray
Dan Murray

Dan Murray
Jen Underwood
Jen Underwood

Jen Underwood
Joe Mako
Joe Mako

Joe Mako
Jonathan Trajkovic
Jonathan Trajkovic

Jonathan Trajkovic
Kelly Martin
Kelly Martin

Kelly Martin
Mark Jackson
Mark Jackson

Mark Jackson
Matt Francis
Matt Francis

Matt Francis
Matt Lutton
Matt Lutton

Matt Lutton
Mike Roberts
Mike Roberts

Mike Roberts
Nelson Davis
Nelson Davis

Nelson Davis
Noah Salvaterra
Noah Salvaterra

Noah Salvaterra
Peter Gilks
Peter Gilks

Peter Gilks
Ramon Martinez
Ramon Martinez

Ramon Martinez
Richard Leeke
Richard Leeke

Richard Leeke
Ryan Robitaille
Ryan Robitaille

Ryan Robitaille
Robert Rouse
Robert Rouse

Robert Rouse
Shawn Wallwork
Shawn Wallwork

Shawn Wallwork

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.

Andy Kriebel
Andy Kriebel

Andy Kriebel
Andy Kriebel is one of the most prolific Tableau bloggers on the planet. He uses his expertise to help all levels of Tableau users, whether they are beginners or advanced. He’s been helping people improve their visualization skills for years, and this year’s #MakeoverMonday project has been one of the biggest social data projects of the year.
Craig Bloodworth
Craig Bloodworth

Craig Bloodworth
Craig’s knowledge of Tableau’s APIs and Tableau Server is among the best. He shares all the tools he builds. He has been a leader in the Web Data Connector space and came second in our WDC competition. He has also worked on other tools for the community, including Yupana, a tool which provides easy metrics for Tableau Server users.
Jonathan Drummey
Jonathan Drummey

Jonathan Drummey
Jonathan has been at the centre of the Tableau Community Forums for years. His understanding of the product is almost unique amongst our customers, and his ability to transfer that skill into solutions for the rest of us is amazing. Behind the scenes, Jonathan engages closely with the Tableau development team, helping us improve our products. He has also done great work with the Tableau Foundation.

What does it take to become a Tableau Zen Master?

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?

Teacher

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?

Collaborator

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?