Finnigan USA was formed in 1988 by Paul Finnigan to provide consulting services in voice technologies to major companies worldwide specializing on strategic planning, business development and application design.
Paul Finnigan and Dow Brian founded Voicemail International in 1979 to provide the recording and delivery of Voicemail messages and information by telephone. By 1987, 35 Voicemail Centers in 14 countries were offering the trademarked Voicemail® service to Airlines, News Agencies, TV and Movie producers, Paging companies and Telecom service providers worldwide.
Finnigan was the co-founder of the International Voicemail Association whose membership included service providers and equipment vendors worldwide, serving as President until 1999. FUSA organized and managed semi-annual conferences for the VMA with over 200 members sharing ideas and experiences with a wide variety of applications during this early period of voice innovation. The VMA is credited with the creation of international standards governing the design of voice services, that were critical to the worldwide proliferation of voicemail services.