Robbery Investigators of Texas
16238 RR 620 N., Ste. F #353
Austin, TX 78717
Board of Directors
Association oversight is provided by the RIOT Board of Directors consisting of the following individuals:
Shawn Scott, Retired Detective, Round Rock Police Department
Shawn had the opportunity to serve as a police officer for over twenty-five years. He is a retired violent crimes detective from the Round Rock Police Department where he primarily conducted financial institution robbery investigations. He was assigned to the FBI Central Texas Violent Crimes Task Force within the Austin Resident Agency for over 10 years. He retired as the Bank Robbery Coordinator of the San Antonio Division of the FBI in 2020. Shawn is regarded as a subject matter expert in financial institution robbery preparedness and prevention. He has been a frequent presenter for the Texas Bankers Association and has. conducted hundreds of robbery prevention and preparedness training sessions with financial institutions across the State of Texas. Shawn has been a guest presenter for the Georgia Banker’s Association, Wisconsin Banker’s Association and the Cornerstone Credit Union League. Shawn earned his bachelor’s degree from LeTourneau University and is pursuing his masters degree through San Houston State University. He also served as a member of the Sheriff’s Association of Texas Cold Case Review Team. He is the Executive Director of Robbery Investigators of Texas establishing the association in 2012. Shawn has transitioned into private industry with his new family Athos Group Security. Athos is the industry leader in the provisioning of active off-duty law enforcement officers to corporations and organizations assisting them with their security concerns.
Eddie Haisten, Retired Sergeant, Wichita Falls Police Department
Eddie retired as a Sergeant with 26 years of service to the Wichita Falls Police Department. He worked in the Patrol Section, Accident Investigation, S.W.A.T. / Tactical Unit, Gang Unit and Training Unit. As a Sergeant, he supervised the Special Operations Section, Training Section and Professional Standards Section. For the past 10 years, Eddie has served as security director for a large association and is currently working for GlobauxSource, a meetings management company. Eddie serves as Vice President for Robbery Investigators of Texas.
Matt Lindemann, Retired Lieutenant, Texas Rangers
Matt retired as a lieutenant in the Texas Rangers with twenty-eight years of service. He began his law enforcement career in 1985 as a Williamson County, Texas Deputy Sheriff. In 1990, Matt graduated from the Texas Department of Public Safety Academy as a State Trooper. In 1997, he was promoted to Texas Ranger. In 2014, Matt promoted to lieutenant within the Texas Rangers. Prior to retirement, Matt was stationed in Austin where he supervised ten Rangers who covered fourteen counties in Central Texas. Matt is a founding member of Robbery Investigators of Texas and serves as Secretary.
Billy Yates, Assistant Chief, Tyler Police Department
Assistant Chief Yates began his career with the Tyler Police Department in April, 1999, attending the first Tyler Junior College Police Academy. During his years of service with the department, he has had the opportunity to work within the Patrol and Investigation divisions of the department. Prior to promoting, he worked as a Patrol Officer, Bicycle Officer, SWAT Officer, Field Training Officer, and a TCOLE Instructor. He promoted to the rank of Sergeant in May 2008. As a Sergeant, Yates has performed assignments in the Patrol, K9, Gang, and the Crimes Against Persons Unit. He also served as the Assistant Field Training Coordinator. He promoted to Lieutenant in February 2014, and was assigned to the patrol division as a shift commander. In 2016, he was assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division where he supervised 6 sergeants, 23 detectives, 15 officers, and 3 civilians. Assistant Chief Yates has received numerous awards and commendations, including meritorious conduct, lifesaving award, certificate of achievement and certificate of merit. In 2001, he was also recognized as Rookie of the Year and Supervisor of the Year in 2012. He is a member of the Tyler Patrolman Association and Texas Municipal Police Officers Association. He serves as board member for the Adult Protective Services and the Robbery Investigators of Texas and has served as a board member for the Tyler Patrolman Association. Assistant Chief Yates received his Associates Degree from Tyler Junior College and a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences Degree from Midwestern State University, where he graduated with honors. He graduated from the Texas Police Chiefs Developing Leaders Course. Assistant Chief Yates is a graduate of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas / Leadership Command College and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) National Academy, Session 268.
Cindy Blackstone, Senior Vice President, Assistant Director of Retail Banking
Cindy, a native of Lindale, Texas, and business administration graduate of LeTourneau University, began her career in Austin, accepting a position with First USA Bank in 1997. Eventually desiring to move back home to East Texas, she joined Southside Bank, headquartered in Tyler, two years later. In her 20-plus years with Southside Bank, Cindy has served in various roles, growing her career from managing the bank’s merchant services portfolio to the credit card issuing division to her most recent promotion to Assistant Director of Retail Banking—a role where she will help drive profitability through direct oversight of the bank’s 59 branches. Outside of banking, Cindy is a long-time member of Rose Heights Church and volunteers with several non-profit organizations, currently serving as a board member for Robbery Investigators of Texas. Cindy and her husband, Jayson, have two sons: Noah and Evan.
Brian Raynsford, Detective, Fort Worth Police Department
Detective Brian Raynsford joined the Fort Worth Police Department in 1990. He has worked Patrol, Gang Enforcement, Property Crimes task force and Academy instructor assignments. Detective Raynsford has been a court recognized expert in white supremacist prison gangs. Promoted to Detective in 2007; he has been assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division, Violent Personal Crimes Section-Robbery Unit since 2009. Detective Raynsford holds Master Peace Officer and Instructor certifications in the State of Texas and has an Associate’s degree from Tarrant County College as well as a Bachelor’s Degree from Dallas Baptist University. Detective Raynsford was awarded RIOT Investigator of the Year in 2015.
Jeff Hill, Detective, Round Rock Police Department
Jeff Hill has been with the Round Rock Police Department since 1999. Jeff has served as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Gang Unit Officer, Special Investigative Officer, Property Crimes Detective, and Crimes Against Persons Detective. Jeff has been the Training Coordinator for RIOT since 2016 and on the Board of Directors since 2017.
Jeff Holloway, Detective, Arlington Police Department
Detective Jeff Holloway began his law enforcement career with the Arlington Police Department in October 2001. During his career, he has worked Patrol, School Resource, and has worked as a Detective in the Robbery/Gang Investigative Unit since 2014. Jeff holds a Master Peace Officer and TCOLE Instructor certifications and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma. Jeff teaches report writing to new recruits at the Arlington Police Academy as well as assists in scenario-based training.
Mario Verna, FBI Supervisory Special Agent, Dallas Violent Crime Task Force
FBI Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) Mario Verna received a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University in 1993. Upon graduation, SSA Verna was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. SSA Verna attended Washburn University School of Law and received a Juris Doctorate degree in 1996. SSA Verna joined the FBI in March 2005. Upon graduation from the FBI Academy, SSA Verna was assigned to work Counterterrorism matters in the Kansas City Division. SSA Verna transferred to the Dallas Division in 2008, and he was assigned to a Counterterrorism squad. Subsequently, SSA Verna was assigned to the Violent Crime Task Force and fugitive task force. SSA Verna served on the FBI Kansas City and FBI Dallas SWAT teams. SSA Verna is a tactical instructor, firearms instructor and ALERRT certified instructor. SSA Verna currently serves as the supervisor for the FBI Dallas Violent Crime Task Force and as the Program Coordinator for Dallas Division violent crime matters.