chief table pounder

chief table pounder
The person who is the most ardent champion of a new or different way of doing things; also: chief table-pounder.
Example Citation:
But it wasn't until 1999, when Glocer was overseeing Reuters' information division and its North and South American operations, that he began proselytizing for a complete overhaul of the Reuters system. It was the height of Internet fever, and Reuters, like just about every company in the world, knew it needed to come up with a plan for dealing with the Web. Glocer was the chief table pounder.
—Katrina Brooker, "London Calling," Fortune, April 2, 2001
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Then, after reading the company's press release and a subsequent report by chief table-pounder Ashok Kumar from Piper Jaffray, I realized that the reason so many Ancor-anatics have been so revved up over this company no longer existed.
—Herb Greenberg, "The Game Doesn't Go Ancor's Way, So Ancor Changes It,", December 7, 1999
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