Casey Bassett formed his company (Assett Conventions, LLC) in August 2011, shortly after he earned his Business Management degree from Pennsylvania Highlands.
He founded his company in hopes of starting a science fiction and pop culture convention in our region. He was inspired to do this because of his love for similar shows in the Pittsburgh area and thought that something local could be just as good, if not better over time.
Fast forward to now, Sci-Fi Valley Con runs for three days every June, attracting more than 6,000 attendees, 300 exhibitors, and over 10 celebrity guests each year to the Blair County area in a single weekend. It just finished its seventh year and continues to grow and get stronger.
“It is an effort that takes all year to prepare for and a lot of personal connections and resources go into it. At the end of the day, when everything is over and wrapped up, it is all worth it. Sci-Fi Valley Con has become less of a business to me, and more like a family. There is nothing better than to bring all your friends, family, and community together for a weekend of overwhelming joy and fun,” stated Casey Bassett.
Casey credits his education with helping him start his company and ultimately create Sci-Fi Valley Con. “This would not have been possible if it hadn’t been for my time at Penn Highlands Community College. I learned so much about business law, development, management, accounting, and more. My degree gave me the confidence I needed to get started. If it had not been for my education after high school there would be no Sci-Fi Valley Con today.”