Caliber Funding named Brian Simon chief executive. The Irving, Texas-based company originates wholesale and retail Federal Housing Administration and Veterans Affairs mortgages as well as traditional mortgages. "Caliber has a talented group of employees and is gaining momentum in key areas of its business," Simon said. Simon had been chief operating officer of New Jersey-based Freedom Mortgage, where he handled loan production and fulfillment as well as corporate strategy and growth. Since 2004, he grew Freedom's origination platform from $200 million to more than $1 billion in monthly production. Prior to Freedom, Simon worked as an executive vice president at Prime Mortgage Financial. His experience also includes working as a consultant for McKinsey & Co. and as operating chief for investment firm Startbank. Write to Matthew Torres.