My Journey to Tessellation: Spencer Baucke

Growing up in the Cincinnati, OH area I knew two things for certain; Skyline Chili was an essential food group and no other baseball teams mattered  but the Cincinnati Reds.  I didn’t realize it at the time, but even at a young age I was interested in collecting and analyzing data.  

Growing up my summer nights consisted of listening to Marty & Joe broadcast Reds games while I scored them on homemade scorecards that I put together in Microsoft Excel. I didn’t know the lyrics to the latest pop songs, but I did know the stat lines of every single Reds player by heart. Little did I know that years later I would put these same skills to use in my professional life. 

After college I moved back home and began working in banking. This made sense. I majored in economics and attending graduate school for finance. However, there was a small issue: the work didn’t particularly interest me and I wasn’t terribly good at it. I quickly realized that this would not be my long term career, so I set out to find out what I was good at and passionate about.

During this time I began some contract work for a local non-profit KnowledgeWorks doing data work in Excel. My supervisor there suggested I go to a training for a data visualization tool called Tableau. I thought to myself, what the heck, it couldn’t hurt. So I went to the training lead by none other than Tableau Zen Master legend Jeff Shaffer. It was at that moment I realized what I wanted to do; I wanted to work in data analytics, particularly data visualization. From then on I was all in on Tableau. 

Just a few months after my introduction to Tableau I found out about an opportunity at the City of Cincinnati’s Office of Performance and Data Analytics. Between the Tableau training and the work I had done for KnowledgeWorks, I had enough of a portfolio of work to land the job. Under the guidance of CIO Leigh Tami, I helped launch one of the first municipal open data portals in the country based in Tableau. This experience lead me to jobs at GE Capital and GE Digital focused on automated reporting and data analytics. I am experienced in other data viz tools like Spotfire and OBIEE, but Tableau is my go-to. 

I am extremely excited to be at Tessellation as I see it as the culmination of many years of hard work and dedication. I am looking forward to delivering excellent results to our clients and leveraging Tableau to do so!

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