50 Years of Innovation!
Finnigan USA, an Idaho partnership, was formed in 1987 by Paul F. Finnigan and Suzanne G. (Finnigan) Ely to provide consulting services in communications technologies. FUSA’s focus includes strategic planning, business development and
applications design. Paul Finnigan is a graduate of San Jose State University and previously a Management Consultant with SRI International and McKinsey and Company; and Founder and Chairman of Voicemail International. Suzanne (Finnigan) Ely is a graduate of MIT Sloan School of Management and
previously an senior analyst with Probe Research Inc., specializing in voice technology.
FUSA engagements have included telecommunications companies, voice equipment vendors, newspaper publishers, computer manufacturers and patent litigators. FUSA enjoyed a four year engagement with Microsoft Corporation as coordinator of third party application developers. FUSA provided patented core technology in the founding of Netnumber.com, a global directory service that today serves virtually all major wireless operators worldwide! The company's first "number portabiity" application allows subscribers to keep their phone numbers when they changed carriers.
Finnigan began his career in the computer industry with Sunsweet Growers, pioneering the development of applications for the 305 RAMAC, the worlds first business computer. Finnigan served as Director of computer technology and Controller with SRI International, designing project control and cash management systems that restored profitability and achieved positive cash flows. Finnigan also served as a Senior consultant in Management Information Systems with SRI clients worldwide and subsequently served in a similar consulting capacity with McKinsey and Company before his appointments as Marketing Director for Spectra Medical Systems, President of Systems Industries Medical Systems and his founding of Voicemail International where he served as Chairman, CEO and President.
Voicemail International was founded in 1979, developing and marketing a computer based system using proprietary voice processing technology that allowed subscribers worldwide to record and deliver voice messages and
information by telephone. VMI trademarked the word "Voicemail®" and introduced the first voice messaging service in the world in May 1980. By 1987 Public Telephone companies and independent service providers offered
the trademarked service through 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
In 1983, Paul Finnigan co-founded the "Voicemail Club of Berne" which In 1987 became "The International Voicemail Association", serving as its President until 2000. The VMA organized semi-annual, "invitation only' conferences attended by over 200 members sharing ideas and experiences with a wide variety of applications during this early period of innovation of Voice technology. The VMA led a program for creation of international standards governing the design of voice services, the essential element in the worldwide proliferation of voicemail services. In 2000 Finnigan co-founded NetNumber Inc, providing enhanced network services to wireless operators worldwide.
Paul Finnigan is the named inventor on numerous patents, several of which deal with the evolving telephone technologies and the issues that impact telephone subscribers.