Leadership Team


The Board of Directors


Luke Castle – President

Luke Castle is a Detroit native, graduate of Full Sail University with a degree in film. Luke was an influential member of the Detroit Windsor International Film Festival in (2009-2013) as the community volunteer manager. Luke’s passions for the modern creative arts, adventure travel, and filmmaking bring him to the Royal Starr Film Festival as a coveted member of the leadership board of directors and one of it's orginal founders.


Nicole Estep - Vice President

Nicole Estep is the newest member to the Board and with her passion for business and people has become the Vice President for the Arts Institute. She is also the Director of Sales for the Hyatt Place Detroit Royal Oak. Along with the Arts Institute and Hyatt Place, she is also Co Chair President for the Royal Oak Ambitious Leaders which is apart of the Royal Oak Chamber of Commmerce.This group is to help young professionals get connected and learn more about being an young professional in a dynamic new technology focused world. She has 10 years experience connecting with people and in the business community through her Director of Sales Role. She also has a passion for the Michigan Film Industry and the exciting things that the Arts Institute has to offer its community.


Billy Whitehouse – Treasurer/Secretary

Billy Whitehouse is a real estate broker with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices – Hannett, Wilson, Whitehouse & Burke REALTORS. He is also the creator of the Michigan Entertainment Network as well as a founding member of the Detroit Windsor International Film Festival. He is inspired by and inspiring to empower the Creative Class to reinvent the Detroit region as a thriving commercial and creative powerhouse. Billy has his Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University. As a super connector and transformational coach , he is a leader that creates leaders and a stand for a World that works for everyone.


Corey Milton

Director of Community Outreach


Roy Sexton

Advisors to the Board of Directors

Ellen Finn


Matt Liston





Social of the Medias…

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Sam Carroll

Graphic Arts


Brandon Kollar

Director of Volunteer Outreach

Rana Sobh



Ted E. Dee

Roy Lee!


Founding Members


Larry Kantor – Gene Meadows – Billy Whitehouse – Luke Castle – Shane Sevo – Charlie Haviland