Who We Are

We at Greenway’s Real Estate and Auction Company pride ourselves on our ability to quickly turn assets into cash. We are very proud of our past accomplishments, yet remain focused on our present and future ventures. As an auction firm, you are only as successful as your next auction. For this reason, we treat every auction as if it is our only auction and concentrate on every detail to ensure the best possible results for our clients.

  • We have a historic 88% success rate.

  • We have grown a large network of buyers and sellers while retaining our ability to cater to each client on a personal level.

  • We have a wide range of experiences with virtually all property types and values.

Greenway’s Real Estate and Auction Company has successfully utilized the auction method of marketing to conduct over 2,000 auctions. Being a full-service auction company enables us to handle all aspects of your auction including professional advertising, open houses, inspections, organizing and cataloging auction items, and handling contracts and closings. Of the real estate auctions our firm has conducted, we have an 88% success rate! Let us put “SOLD” on your property. We encourage you to visit one of our auctions and see what we can do for you.

We utilize the latest in computer technology, Internet advertising, a professional in-house marketing staff and an extensive mailing list of buyers available in the industry. Greenways Real Estate and Auctions is fully licensed, bonded, and insured and can handle your auction at any time, at any place. The number one concern of our auction team is to meet the needs and wants of every seller for whom we have the opportunity to work. When comparing auction firms, average is not enough. Remember, a successful auction doesn’t just happen, it is planned that way.

The word “auction” is one of the most recognized and stimulating words in the world today. No word equals its power to instantly produce serious cooperation and individual buyers with money in hand. Explosive growth in the popularity and acceptance of the auction method of marketing for the conversion of assets to cash has accelerated the need for today’s sophisticated, comprehensive, and efficient approaches to the marketing support aspects of the auction process.


Tommy Garten




Tommy started in the Real Estate and Auction business at a young age.  He became a partner of Greenway’s Real Estate and Auction Company in 1974.  In 1986 his father passed away and he became Owner, Broker, and Auctioneer of the company.  He is a 1970 graduate of Covington High School, 1972 graduate of Ferrum Jr. College with an Associate Degree, and a 1974 graduate of James Madison University with a B.S. in Marketing.  After completing his degree, Tommy graduated from Reppert School of Auctioneering.  He has since owned and managed several successful businesses here in the Alleghany Highlands.  He has been awarded the Covington High School Alumni of the Year Award, served on the Board of Trustees at Ferrum College and was appointed by the Governor of the State of Virginia to the Auctioneer Regulator Board.  He has first-hand experience in owning and managing livestock and agricultural real estate.  Tommy’s experience, professionalism, integrity, and attention to detail are the foundation of his success.  He resides in the Alleghany Highlands with his wife, Marybeth.  They have two sons and five grandchildren they enjoy spending time with.

Matt Garten

Auctioneer / Broker



Matt Garten has grown up in the Real Estate and Auction business. Since the age of 3 he could be found on Saturdays at his father’s feet holding up items for sale while the chant rang out. From there Matt moved into setting up sales, displays, listing sales, and taking bids while in high school and college.

In 2000 Matt obtained his auction license and began officially “crying” bids for Greenway’s.  Matt now holds Auction and Real Estate Broker’s licenses in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee.  He specializes in Auctions, and Commercial Real Estate sale and leasing.

Robert “Dizzy” Garten

Auctioneer and Realtor



Robert “Dizzy” Garten was raised in the family real estate and auction business. He started attending and working sales at age 2 and could often be seen holding items or yelling “yep.” He began taking a more active role in the business throughout elementary and high school, setting sales up and taking bids. Dizzy received his Virginia auctioneers license in 2000 after attending Reppert School of Auctioning in Auburn, Indiana.

Since 2000, Dizzy has been listing auctions, calling bids, and performing all aspects of the trade. Shortly after acquiring his Virginia license, Dizzy received a West Virginia auction license and Virginia Real estate license. He is an instrumental part of Greenway’s success and is available to talk about a possibility of listing a home for sale at auction, or listing conventionally at any time. Aside from his real estate and auction career, Dizzy enjoys managing and operating the family farms and spending time with his wife Heidi, and sons Tate and Hank. 

Dizzy’s specialties include: Commercial Real Estate, Homes, Farms, Vehicles, Livestock, and Equipment

Tara Simmons-Brewster




Professional, hardworking and enthusiastic are qualities that make a great Real Estate Agent.  Tara strives to uphold these three words on a daily basis.  She started working as an agent with Greenway’s Real Estate and Auction Company in 2006.  She’s a 2001 Covington High School graduate and a 2006 Radford University graduate with a B.S. in Business Management and Minor in Economics.  She resides here in the Alleghany Highlands with her husband Larry, son Jaxon, daughter Larrah Grace, three dogs Cooper, Goldie, and Ellie Mae. She coached high school girls’ basketball for 17 years at Covington High School.  Tara is a member of the Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce board, GLOW-a group of ladies that raises money to assist cancer patients, and Miss Virginia Organization board. Tara also is the owner of Formal and Florals on Main in Covington, VA. The Brewsters are natives of the Alleghany Highlands.  They love kayaking and fishing the rivers as well as hunting in the great mountains.  If you are looking to sell or buy a home, let Tara go to work for you!

Donna Keyser

Accountant / Office Manager / Realtor



After lengthy careers as both a certified massage therapist at The Homestead renowned resort and later as a legal assistant for a local family law practice, Donna began a new career as an accountant with Greenway’s Real Estate and Auction Company in the summer of 2012. She obtained her license as a real estate agent in October, 2013.

Donna thrives on remaining extremely active in her teenage daughter’s activities, while being a very dedicated office manager/sales agent with the Greenway’s family.

She welcomes a chance to work with you, whether assisting you in selling your home or in finding your dream home.

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Casey Lambert


(540) 958-4114


Although Casey has been living in “Wild & Wonderful” West Virginia for a decade now, she is originally from Alleghany County, Virginia. After moving to The Greenbrier Valley, she immediately fell in love with the people and community and knew she wanted to live there permanently. She considers herself “at home” in Lewisburg, where she resides with her husband Corey, son Layne, and daughter Charlotte (Charlie). She still has strong roots in Virginia, so she feels a strong connection to both states.  

Casey has been involved in the customer service and hospitality industry for close to 20 years, most recently spending over 13 successful years at the famous Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs. For years, her love of people, diligent work ethic, attention to detail, and countless other attributes have been channeled into serving others. She brings these qualities to her real estate career, which she is dedicated and passionate about.

Casey’s decision to dive into the world of real estate is something that she had considered for some time. She says, “I’ve always been drawn to helping others. The sale or purchase of a home is a huge milestone, and that is something I’d love to help guide people through. I may not be able to change the world through selling one property, but that one property can change someone’s world. By navigating my clients through the process, I hope to make the experience enjoyable and memorable for them”.

In her first year of actively selling real estate, she sold over $4,000,000 worth of property, working with both sellers and buyers, selling residential and land/farm property.

In her spare time outside of the real estate office, you can find Casey cheering on her son at a sporting event, spending time with family, working out, or training fitness clients. She is an avid fitness enthusiast and a nationally qualified amateur bodybuilder, who competes in the Wellness Division. Her tenacity and commitment from competing are valuable attributes that she also utilizes in the workplace for her clients. Casey is thrilled to join Greenway’s Real Estate & Auction Co.  and is on standby to help you buy your dream home or sell your current one. She is highly motivated and committed to serving you!

Cristen Walton




Cristen was born and raised in Alleghany County, Virginia, and has a deep love and respect for the natural beauty and tight-knit communities of both Virginia and West Virginia.

Cristen has been in the hospitality industry for 10+ years and has always had a passion for connecting with people from all walks of life, which led her to the exciting world of real estate.

Cristen knows the importance of having a place to call home and is honored to be helping clients navigate through this process in both Virginia and West Virginia! 

From the first contact to final closing, Cristen is ready to help you every step of the way.


The Alleghany Highlands is a region in western Virginia, best known for tourism and its natural beauty and outdoor activities. But our area is also known for its arts and culture, small mountain towns, and railway history. Known for our small-town charm, Alleghany County has the two larger municipalities of Clifton Forge and Covington, as well as lots of rural and natural areas. It’s a nature lover’s paradise.

The town of Clifton Forge and the city of Covington are both located off I-64 and just under an hour from Roanoke, and about three hours from Richmond - making it easy for travel. Clifton Forge is also home to a convenient Amtrak service. The closest airports are Roanoke, Lynchburg and Staunton. The Alleghany Highlands is located just about 30 minutes away from two famous and historic resorts: The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, WV, as well The Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, VA.

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