Jan-Erik Palm led MCC to its first and only NJCAA Championship in tennis in 1972, along with doubles partner Stellan Björk. He was First Team All-American in 1972, and was honored as an All-American in 1973. After his success at MCC, Jan-Erik received a tennis scholarship to Arizona State University, where he played No. 1 singles and doubles and served as Team Captain during his senior year. Jan-Erik won several tournaments in both singles and doubles during his career at MCC and ASU, including the prestigious Ojai, California tournament. He also played a major role in the 1975 ASU Western Athletic Conference Championship. Following college, Jan-Erick played professionally from 1976 to 1981, competing throughout the U.S. and Europe.
Jan-Erik then started his career as a Commercial Real Estate Broker in Southern California. In 1989 he formed his own Real Estate Investments Company, Spectrum Commercial, focusing on raising funds from Swedish-based (his native country) real estate companies and investing in various commercial properties in Southern California. In 2010, Jan-Erik became President of Calvin Scott and Company Incorporated, a pharmaceutical re-packaging company that supplies weight-loss clinics around the country with medication.
Though Jan-Erik still plays tennis a few times a month, his main passion is now golf; he’s a frequent winner of tournaments at his home course in California, The Newport Beach Country Club.
Jan-Erik concluded, “Being recruited by Coach Christensen of MCC, all the way from Sweden, was a life changing moment for me, and I’m forever grateful, as I’m still living the American Dream.”
For a link to the full video of the ceremony, please visit MCC Hall of Fame 2017.