Dan Pincus – Celebrant and Percussionist
Dan Pincus is an accomplished wedding celebrant who has presided over 300 ceremonies. Additionally, he plays the drums and has collaborated with various musical groups.
He oversees sponsorship and promotions for MetLife brand since joining in September 2011.
He serves on the board of Decadancetheatre, as well as being spiritual caregiver at Jewish Home and Hospital.
Early Life and Education
Cantor Pincus brings a wide range of musical, cultural, religious and scientific interests to his work as a musician. He has performed at concerts with groups like Clarion Music Society, Portland Baroque Orchestra and 92nd Street Y Schubertiade.
Drum Circle Facilitators have also led drum circles for those suffering from illness and elderly residents at Jewish Home and Hospital of Manhattan and for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York Hospice Program. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and served as department chair and Carlson-KPMG Peat Marwick research professor of business at both Tipple College of Business at University of Iowa and Olin School of Business at Washington University St Louis.
He is a partner at Quantic Group, providing consulting services to the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, vaccine, OTC and nutraceutical industries. Additionally, he serves as National Representative and New Jersey Life Director of NAHB; in addition to membership on both boards of directors of Hilton Head Home Builders Association in South Carolina and New Jersey Shore Home Builders Association.
Based in New York, he currently works on Warburg Pincus’ Industrials team and previously assisted its Technology Mergers & Acquisitions group and investment divisions. Additionally, he serves on three boards of Consolidated Precision Products, Duravant and Sundyne.
Dan has developed into an experienced marketing professional. While working as Vice President Group Account Director for STRATEGIC, he created key brand activation platforms for clients such as New York Life and Lipton Iced Tea.
As well as serving on the board of Decadancetheatre, he chairs the New York Professional Advisors for Community Entrepreneurs chapter in NYC and also holds board membership at both ACCESS NY and its national Muslim Jewish Task Force. Furthermore, he has officiated over 300 weddings so far!
Achievement and Honors
Since September of 2011, Dan has served as Assistant Vice President for Sponsorship and Promotions at MetLife, leading global partnership marketing efforts and activating promotions to raise awareness for MetLife brand.
He is also a founding board member of Decadancetheatre and previously served on Beit Hatfusot’s board. Additionally, he has extensive interfaith work under his belt as chair of AJC’s ACCESS NY and its global Steering Committee.
He is also a co-founder and chairman of HDP Industries, which designs active adult retirement communities, commercial shopping centers and single-family subdivisions. Furthermore, he served as past president of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) as well as life director of New Jersey Shore Builders Association.
Pincus and his wife Penny supported numerous Jewish charitable organizations such as Alhambra Ensemble, Terezin Music Foundation, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Instituto Hebreo of Santiago and Seminario Rabinico of Argentina – as well as serving on the National Boards of AJC and JDC.
Pincus turned his focus back toward mammalian eggs at Harvard, leading him to develop techniques for fertilizing rabbit eggs using test tubes for the first time and testing hormone injections to see their impact on female rabbit reproductive systems. At the height of the Great Depression, his experiments were highly controversial at the time; with no way for him to make money out of them. Hudson Hoagland came forward with a solution; together they founded Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology out of an old converted garage laboratory.
Zynga cofounder Mark Pincus is estimated to be worth an estimated billion dollars, and owns more than 23 million shares of their social gaming company – known for creating popular titles like Farmville that can be played across mobile phones and computers.
Pincus held onto his stock despite its troubled post-IPO journey and unpopular acquisition by Take-Two Interactive; he still owns approximately 91 million shares of the company.
Pincus holds numerous appointments outside Zynga, such as adjunct professor of accounting at the Tipple College of Business at the University of Iowa and visiting faculty member at Washington University-St. Louis Olin School of Management Olin School. He previously served on Island Records’ and Lafer Equity Investors boards before being named director. Alison Gelb Pincus cofounded One Kings Lane with him and lives together with him in their 12,000 sqft Pacific Heights home.