South Florida Intercoastal

Faces in the Industry - Charlie Ernst

By: MIASF Staff

Date posted: Sep 22, 2020 Tue

Tell us where you are from, what brought you to Florida, and how long you’ve lived here. I was raised in Miami most of my Life and attended Miami Central Senior High, graduated from Barry University with a Bachelors’ Degree, majored in Business and Marketing. I worked for 43 years in broadcast television until I retired in 2008 to start Dockside Corporate Services, a yacht concierge service.

Where do you work, what is your job title, and what does your job entail?

I am the co-owner and president of Dockside Corporate Services, Inc. Dockside’s major business is the staffing and management of the Guest Services Operations for Informa, the producer of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the Miami Boat Show, and the Palm Beach International Boat Show.

What is your favorite or most valuable benefit of membership in MIASF?

The most valuable benefit of being an MIASF member is having the opportunity to partner and work with or for other members. When we joined MIASF in 2008, we were new to the marine business community and had no idea of the impact that the industry had on the local economy. We have gained new friends and embraced a whole new world we never would have thought we would be thrust into.

I’m proud to be a major part of the MIASF Plywood Regatta. I have been a committee member for 10 years and Dockside has been a Team Sponsor for the same amount of time. The yearly event is very near and dear to my heart and absolutely the most rewarding experience.

Describe any other community organizations or events with which you are involved.

When not boat show planning, I devote time to serving as a member of the City of North Miami Planning Commission. I have been a board member for over 20 years. For the last 2 years I have taken on the role as the Chairman.

Tell us about your hobbies and what kinds of things you do for fun.

I try to stay committed to my daily afternoon 2-mile jog to stay in shape. Gone are my days of being actively involved in an adult basketball league, playing and coaching softball, and powerboat racing. I try to follow my beloved Miami Hurricanes football team, the Miami Heat, Florida Panthers, and of course, the Miami Marlins. I grew up loving every major sport.