Season 10 winner of NBC's The Biggest Loser, Patrick House has joined Pearl River Resort as the new director of sales.

The Vicksburg native has over 10 years of managerial experience, serving in positions such as marketing coordinator for Isle of Capri Casino (formerly DiamondJacks), territory sales manager for Merchants Food Services and community outreach manager for River Region Hospital.

In January of 2010, House found himself weighing 420 pounds, which prompted him to try out for NBC's hit reality series, The Biggest Loser.

Out of 350,000 potential contestants nationwide, he was selected to be on the show and became the first Mississippian to win The Biggest Loser.

To date, House has lost 215 pounds and continues to maintain his weight.

After the show, he began to help others battle obesity as a motivational speaker and consultant for various companies and products throughout the United States. His success in health and wellness impelled Pearl River Resort to contact him to inspire and motivate over 2,000 employees during its recent weight loss challenge, officials said.

The competition resulted in over 5,000 pounds lost in 12 weeks, and House's leadership and initiative was immediately taken notice by executives.  

In his new role, House will utilize his creativity to broaden the client experience for those visiting and playing at Pearl River Resort.

He will oversee the sales/convention services department and all wellness initiatives for the resort.  

House received a bachelor's degree in Business Management from Delta State University, and he recently published his first book entitled, "As Big as a House." He has also developed a program called LEAN ON ME targeting elementary and middle school-aged children.

LEAN ON ME stands for Learn, Eradicate, Advocate, Nullify, Obesity Now in My Educational system.

To date, House has visited 35 schools across the state and reached over 19,000 Mississippi students.

For more information on Pearl River Resort, call 1.866.447.3275 or visit www.pearlriverresort.com.