A Message from Paul Grist, Broker

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During Paul’s 13 years in the real estate industry, he has consistently been one of the top salespersons in the Greenbrier Valley. “At the end of the day, our success comes from the people we work with, our clients, and caring about them and how to best achieve their goals in real estate. “We are “People first” in our actions,” says Paul. “When you combine that with hard work, market knowledge, and our highly developed skills it is a recipe for success.”
Active in the community, Paul currently serves as a Vice President on the Greenbrier Community School’s Board of Trustees and as a member of the Greater Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. As 2020 marks the fifth year of Grist Real Estate Associates, Paul is working to combine his sales and leadership experience to form a new team model of real estate to create the best possible customer experience for Grist clients. “I owe much to my parents and family for instilling in me a compassion for people and teaching me about business. My early foundations in groups like the Boy Scouts and marching band have helped me in my leadership which I continued on through my graduation from Virginia Tech.”
Paul is excited to further develop this team platform which is different from the traditional real estate brokerage model and creates an culture where the members of the team truly work together by focusing on their strengths. “I’m excited for the opportunity to better serve the people we work with and build up the members of our team. I welcome the opportunity to discuss this new team model with anyone who is interested – it’s really going to make a positive impact for the people we work with.”

Welcome, and please let us know how we can help you in the Greenbrier Valley!

Paul’s Specialized Credentials:
  • Graduation from the WVU Real Estate Institute
  • Graduation from the Nashville Auctioneers School
  • Graduation from the Certified Auctioneers Institute
  • Graduation from the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing
Paul’s Community Service and Honors:
  • Past President of the Lewisburg Rotary Club
  • Past President of the United Way of the Greenbrier
  • 2007 Rotary District Representative in Japan
  • Recognized in 2010 by The State Journal asone of 40 Under 40 – forty younger West Virginians making a significant difference in their communities


Our team of associates have close to 75 years of experience between them.

We work hard to dedicate our time and energy into helping people, learning more about client’s needs,

and putting our best foot forward in their purchase or sale of a property.

Ann Bell, Associate Broker

Representing buyers and sellers for 38+ years, Ann has become a well recognized master at matching people and properties in the Greenbrier Valley.

The breadth of her real estate knowledge, deep understanding of the area, and professional connections within the community enable her to provide buyers and sellers valuable support in identifying real estate opportunities and negotiating agreements.

Donna Stoner, Realtor, GRI

A real estate veteran of 13+ years, Donna’s knowledge of the market and her insight into people have been foundational to her success in marketing fine quality homes and country estates.

Whether you’re buying or selling a starter home – or a second home, Donna’s extensive experience and welcoming communication style make her an indispensable resource to local and out-of-state clients alike.

Paul Jacoby, Realtor

Recently retired as a media and communication specialist, Paul managed the media services and production needs for the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine for the last 13+ years.

Paul has also nurtured a lifetime love of architecture and historic buildings that began when he was growing up in St. Louis, Missouri, a leader to the now famous “Iron Front” architectural style (making skyscrapers possible), as well as the Arts and Crafts movement. This passion, in addition to his experience in the antiques businesses for 25 years, sparked his interest in real estate.

Paul brings knowledge and a high level of professionalism to all his endeavors. Working for Grist Real Estate provides an opportunity for him to use his unique skill set to meet client needs.

Hope Cunningham, Realtor

Hope brings her experience working as a legal assistant for a real estate attorney, preparing deed, title and closing documents. A West Virginia resident for more than a decade-and-a-half, Hope is enthusiastic about Lewisburg and the Greenbrier Valley, and excited to be part of a team that strives to offer streamlined, efficient, creative services. She especially appreciates Grist Real Estate Associates’ dedication to serving the community by aiding local nonprofits and sponsoring charity events and she looks forward to being involved.

Sofia Crowell, Executive Assistant

Often the first point of contact for clients and visitors, Sofia is responsible for coordinating all the agency's activities. After living in South Florida for 20 years, she fell in love with the Greenbrier Valley when she visited in 2015. She and her family (husband Richard and son Theo) relocated here in 2017. A new puppy has since joined them.

With a background in theatre administration and years of experience in office management, Sofia is the upbeat, organized, helpful professional you want to meet when you walk in the door.

"I love working here," she comments. "Paul is a great leader and mentor, and things never slow down. It's an exciting place to work."

Sarah Ream Driggers, Marketing Coordinator

Armed with a degree from WVU in Communications, Advertising, and Strategic Social Media, Sarah is excited to be working with Grist Real Estate Associates as the Marketing Coordinator. Having grown up in Lewisburg, her knowledge and love of the area is plentiful. She loves helping the Greenbrier Valley, and its people, flourish and prosper, through her work with GREA.

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