Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Peter Lemon will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado’s Excellence in Customer Service award gala.

The gala, Sept. 23 at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort, celebrates the BBB’s awards program, which began in 1995. Each year, the BBB names local businesses that have superior customer service, have helped businesses improve their service practices and ultimately makes the community a better place to live, said Katie Carrol, BBB spokeswoman.

This year’s nominees are: Aspen Pointe Inc., Champion Windows of Colorado Springs, Japanese Connection Inc., Learning Rx, Old World Roofing, Oral Surgery of Colorado Springs PC and Pioneer Services, A Division of MidCountry Bank.

Companies do not compete against each other, but instead try to meet or exceed the established criteria, Carrol said. Recipients of the award will be named at the gala.

In addition to recognizing companies that have undergone an in-depth analysis and improvement to their customer service process, several other awards will be given that night. The BBB will present the GE Johnson Award for Marketplace Ethics and two $2,500 academic scholarships to two recent high school graduates from southern Colorado.