Volunteer profile: Charles Ernst, Dockside Corporate Services April 18, 2015
From working on C-130s and covering major sporting events to racing tunnel hulls and running a luxury yacht concierge, Charles Ernst has done it all.
Ernst owns Dockside Corporate Services, which joined MIASF in 2008, the same year it was created. But he didn’t stop there – since joining MIASF, Ernst has served on the government relations committee, the advocacy committee and the nominating committee and volunteered annually at events including the Plywood Regatta, Marine Industry Day and the FLIBS kickoff.
“Everything about it was fun,” Ernst says of the Plywood Regatta, which he started volunteering at in 2011. “It was rewarding to see the kids building the boats and do well, working as a team. It’s very fulfilling.”
Growing up in Miami, Ernst was exposed at an early age to recreational boating. His father was a yacht captain and then a Navy captain, and Ernst was born on the Guantanamo Navy base in Cuba. He raced tunnel hulls with the Miami club with boaters including George Allen Jr. with Southern Boating.
Prior to starting Dockside, Ernst spent 43 years at GE and NBC as a cameraman covering sporting events around the country including golf tournaments, football, baseball and network news. He also served in the Air Force, where he was a turbo prop specialist for C-130s during the Vietnam War.