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Our Executive Team

Aaron Stahl

President / CEO
Co-Founder
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Randy Lewis

Chief Operating Officer
Franchisee & Co-founder
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Scott Swearingen

VP of Operations
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Colby Ezell

Chief Financial Officer, CFA
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Michael Nicholas

Senior Franchising Advisor
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Aaron got his start in the cost recovery business in 2004 at the age of 22 when he started P3 Waste Consulting. After helping numerous clients save money on their waste expenses the business grew from there to become what it is today. Aaron is an expert in the waste and recycling industry and has been the CEO/President of P3 since the beginning. Aaron splits time between the Northwest Arkansas office, Greensboro, North Carolina office and New York City. In his spare time he enjoys flying airplanes and is an instrument rated pilot and certified flight instructor. He also enjoys traveling abroad, hunting, hiking, mountain biking and attempts to surf whenever possible. He is an Eagle Scout, avid Arkansas Razorbacks fan and holds a degree in small business/finance from the University of Arkansas.

Randy Lewis has been in the cost recovery business since 1991. Randy started Cost Analysts, Inc out of his home and grew it into a multi-location, multi-state business before merging with P3 to become what it is today. Randy is an expert in utility and telecom billing. He has added millions of dollars back to businesses’ bottom lines due to errors and over charges on their bills. Randy is married and has two grown children. He is a graduate of UNC-G. Randy resides in Greensboro North Carolina where he has lived since 1981. Randy enjoys playing golf, cheering for the Carolina Panthers, Carolina Hurricanes, and NC State Wolfpack.

Scott Swearingen serves at the Vice President of Operations at P3 Cost Analysts. He began working with P3CA in 2008 and has since become a partner in the company. Scott oversees the day-to-day operations of the waste audit team and supports the franchisees and clients with vendor issue resolution. Scott is passionate about forming strong relationships with P3’s client’s and ensuring their expectations are met. 

Being from, and still living in Northwest Arkansas, most of his time outside of work is spent outdoors with family and friends. He is passionate about trail running, mountain biking, canoeing, and cheering on the Hogs. Additionally, Scott also stays active in the community and enjoys doing volunteer work with several different organizations in Northwest Arkansas. 

Prior to working at P3 Cost Analysts Scott graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Western Colorado University in Gunnison, CO. While there he was a 2 time All-American in Cross County and Track and Field. He was also a member of the National Champion Cross Country team in 2005.

Prior to joining P3 Colby was an Associate at RGL Advisors. At RGL he focused on the practical application of financial, economic and valuation principles to solve a variety of client challenges. The scope of his work included financial, economic and valuation analyses for mergers & acquisitions, corporate strategy, and the valuation of asset and securities for financial reporting.

Colby also previously worked as a National Investment Consultant with the retail brokerage firm TD Ameritrade, where he advised high net worth clients on investment portfolios and recommended strategies and solutions to help achieve investment goals and objectives.

Colby joined P3CA in 2014 as the company CFO. He is also a partner in the firm.

Colby received his BSBA in finance from the Sam Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas and has earned the CFA designation.

Colby and his wife reside in Fayetteville, Arkansas with their two children. When he’s not crunching numbers or playing Dad, Colby enjoys golfing and is a fervent fan of St. Louis sports teams, where he grew up.

Michael began his career in franchising in 1982 with McDonald’s in Australia.  He worked for over 23 years with McDonald’s overseeing explosive growth throughout Australia. 

Michael also has experience owning and operating his own franchised businesses, having owned 5 franchised coffee clubs in Australia.  Michael got his start in the cost reduction industry in 2007 when he became the CEO of ERA (Expense Reduction Analysts) Australia.  After successfully running the Australian business he and his family moved to the U.S. where he became CEO of The Americas. Michael serves as P3 Cost Analyst’s senior franchise advisor.  

While a native of Australia, Michael and his family have been happily living in Dallas for over 6 years now.  Michael also holds a bachelor in entrepreneurship from Australia’s prestigious Bond University.   When he’s not helping businesses grow he enjoys cooking and traveling.