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?
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 traveling 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 Tableau Prep Builder & Tableau Prep Conductor. 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.
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 the 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.
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 analyzing and visualizing 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.
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.
Kelly worked as a senior data analyst since 2000 and has an education in demography; the study of population patterns and behaviour. (MA, thesis defended 2001). She has worked in health care (public health, cardiology), child protection services, and telecommunications and is skilled in social research methods (including data analysis), statistics, SQL and Tableau.
Kelly was one of our original Tableau Zen Masters and was in the program for four years. She stepped back from contributing to the community when she was diagnosed with cancer. She passed away on September 30, 2019 at the age of 58.
At Tableau, we will remember not only her skills but also her humility, one of the fundamental tenets of a successful community: Kelly shared ideas with the purpose of helping others, not for the sake of herself. In honour of Kelly’s many contributions, we are adding her to the Zen Master Hall of Fame.
We send our best wishes to her family and friends. She will be missed.
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?