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Thanksgiving is around the corner, and being in the holiday spirit, I wanted to take a moment to thank a few people that have knowingly or unknowingly helped me on my Tableau journey. There are many people I could mention, but these are some of the key Tableau employees that helped pave my path in the Tableau world. Stay tuned for two additional posts: Zen Masters and community members.

If you are also someone whose life has been altered for the better by Tableau, take a minute to think of the people that helped make that happen.

Dustin Smith

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If Dustin reads this, he may be scratching his head, as Dustin and I have never actually met.

A few years back, I had just picked up Tableau only weeks before, Tableau held a roadshow in Salt Lake to promote the shiny new version 8. I was being asked to do more Tableau at work, and this looked like a great opportunity to learn how different people in my area were using Tableau. Dustin was one of the main presenters at this roadshow, and to this day I still have not encountered a more enthusiastic presenter from the company we have all grown to love. I don’t recall learning anything specific that day, but I have never forgotten Dustin’s passion for the company he works for.

Thank you Dustin for having that contagious personality that led me to keep learning about Tableau!

Jewel

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There would be a significantly less amount of people blogging about Tableau if it weren’t for Jewel’s engaging Tableau Conference sessions. I am one of those people.

After attending her session in 2014, where she talked about vizzing pretty much anything, I realized that Tableau was something people do as a hobby. Not only that, but there was a huge community of people who regularly talk Tableau, and often times become life long friends. As a member of the Tableau Public team, Jewel always kept the community interesting with off the wall vizzes, promoting Iron Viz, the Vizmas tree, and much much more.

Essentially, the Tableau Community is a better place thanks to Jewel’s efforts. Thank you for everything you have done for all of us!

Ben Jones

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It is hard to get noticed in the Tableau Public world when you are just starting out. Ben is someone who is consistently putting the spotlight on the newbies, and helping them realize their full potential.

Thanks to Dustin and Jewel, I was getting pretty good at Tableau and also sharing my experiences with the greater community. Thanks to Ben, the greater community started following my work a little more. At some point in this story I put together a Marvel Comics viz, and Ben happened to see my blog and retweeted my work to his followers. That single action put a great amount of attention my way, and from then on my community presence started to grow. I’d like to think that because Ben showcased my blog, I started to realize that there was real potential to connect with more people and really spread my knowledge.

Thank you Ben for being the community voice, you are respected and appreciated by many!

Everyone at Tableau

As I said, there are many many more employees I can think of that have influenced my career, and I wish I had time to write about them all. Thank you to all of the great people at Tableau that have helped make our lives better along the way!

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    Curtis – your words are humbling and it puts a big ol’ smile on my face knowing that my overly excited jumping around on stage at that Salt Lake City event years ago was contagious. I was equally inspired by your Iron Viz performance and win last week and was cheering from the front row. It is good to be reminded that while Tableau’s technology is fun and enchanting, it’s the people using it and the meaningful things they do that make up the heart of why we get up in the morning. 🙂

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