About Us

About Us

Snyder Family Roots

MDS Energy Development president Michael D. Snyder is a member of the Snyder family, which operates a successful and highly diversified family office with significant holdings in energy, banking, and mining.

The Snyder family has been in business since 1941 and is one of the largest independent producers of natural gas in Pennsylvania.  MDS joint ventures with the Snyder Family on its investment partnerships.


MDS Energy Development is vertically integrated, meaning we have our own crews and equipment to complete much of the drilling process in house.  This allows for significant operational flexibility and a more efficient operation.

When we’re not drilling our own wells, we’re drilling wells for the two largest natural gas drilling companies in North America.  Our rigs have drilled over 1,000 wells since 2007.

The Hometown Advantage

The Snyder’s large, contiguous acreage position in the heart of the Marcellus and Utica natural gas development areas allow for efficient planning, which lets us develop our gas at a lower cost than many larger producers.

  • MDS/Snyder can pump water directly from the Allegheny River to most of our well pads, which saves huge costs on trucking and road repairs.
  •  Multiple large capacity interstate pipelines owned by NiSource and Dominion bisect the heart of the acreage position
  • We have symbiotic relationships with multiple other operators who will take our wastewater for free at their sites (which they blend with fresh water and use).  This creates significant cost savings on water treatment fees.
  • Snyder’s have over 650 miles of existing pipeline infrastructure and other equipment.

Our Executive Team

Michael D. Snyder

President & CEO
MDS Energy Development
 Mr. Snyder oversees all of the day-to-day operations of the various MDS companies, including our drilling and pipeline company, Appalachian Drillers, LLC. 

Randall L. Morris

Chief Operating Officer
MDS Energy Development
 Randy Morris has been with MDS since 2007. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University in 2004. Prior work experience includes a position as an engineer for General Electric  and as a Field Engineer Specialist for Northrop Grumman.

Michael S. Knapp

Chief Marketing Officer
MDS Energy Development
 Michael Knapp has been with MDS since 2007.  He has overseen the land department for the last ten years, and currently leads the company’s retail sales effort.  He holds FINRA series 22, 39, and 63 licenses.

Jason C. Knapp

Vice President of Finance
MDS Energy Development
 Jason has been with MDS since 2010, and is responsible for managing the MDS accounting and partnership administration departments. Jason received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of Maryland, College Park.  He holds FINRA series 7, 24, and 63 licenses. 

Woody Soemantoro

Director of National Accounts
MDS Energy Development
 Woody Soemantoro has over 20 years of experience in the securities industry, coming to MDS from Catalyst Energy in 2015.  Mr. Soemantoro earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics/Math from George Mason University and holds Series 7, 63, and 65 licenses.