Jan was born and raised in rural Champaign County. He currently resides in Champaign, and was a farmer for 10 years. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a BS in Agronomy. Jan started his farm management career in 1987 at J. E. Johnson & Son Farm Management and subsequently at Marine Bank (BankOne). In 1998, he opened an independent office under Heartland Ag Group, and merged his business with Camp Farm Management, Inc. in 2004. In January of 2017, Jan started Meyer Farm Management Services.
In 1994, Jan received the Accredited Farm Manager title, and he is a licensed Real Estate Managing Broker. He is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and currently serves on the Board for the Champaign County Farm Bureau Foundation.