Fred Smith knows competition.

Smith, the founder, chairman and CEO of FedEx Corp., was honored Sept. 26 with the 2017 America Competes Award from the Council on Competitiveness.

Started in 2011, the award honors someone who has “demonstrated a commitment to working across the lines of business, academia and politics for the betterment of U.S. competitiveness and the betterment of our communities, our nation and the world.”

Smith, who founded FedEx in 1971, grew his logistics company from a…