50 Years of Innovation!

Finnigan USA was founded in 1988 as a California partnership between Paul F. Finnigan and Suzanne G. Ely.  FUSA provided consulting services in voice technologies specializing in strategic planning, business development and application design for enhanced voice services companies worldwide. 


Finnigan USA engagements from 1988 to 2000 included major telecommunications companies, leading voicemail equipment vendors, newspaper publishers, patent enforcement litigators and computer manufacturers. FUSA's final engagement was four years serving Microsoft Corporation coordinating third party application development programs. In 1999, FUSA co-founded NetNumber Corporation, providing patented core technology relating to a global directory service that today serves virtually all major wireless operators worldwide! 


Paul Finnigan, Dow Brian and Paula Paige co-founded Voicemail International in 1979 and subsequently developed and marketed a computer based system capable of recording and delivering voice messages and information by telephone, anywhere in the world.  VMI introduced the first voice messaging service in the world in May 1980 and by 1987, Public Telephone companies in 14 countries offered the trademarked Voicemail® service through 35 regional centers in the U.S., Europe, Scandinavia and the Pacific Rim.  An equal number of private Voicemail centers served Airlines, Financial News Agencies, TV and Movie Producers and Paging companies.


Paul Finnigan formed the Club of Bern in 1983 which subsequently became known as the International Voicemail Association, serving as its President from 1987 until 2000. The VMA membership eventually included service providers and equipment vendors worldwide. Finnigan USA 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 innovation of Voice technology. The VMA is credited with the creation of international standards governing the design of voice services, critical to the worldwide proliferation of voicemail services.  


Created by Paul Finnigan