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.

Real Drilling Experience

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 cost
  • Multiple large capacity interstate pipelines  NiSource and Dominion bisect our acreage position
  • We have symbiotic relationships with multiple other operators who will take our wastewater for free at their sites (which they reuse).  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 – Founder & CEO
Mr. Snyder oversees all of the day-to-day operations of the various MDS companies, including our vertically integrated drilling and pipeline company Appalachian Drillers, insurance brokerage firm National Brokerage Atlantic, and our newly formed development company.  He and his family reside in Fox Chapel, PA, a suburb of Pittsburgh. 


Michael S. Knapp – President

Starting his career as a landman with MDS in 2007,  Michael has since overseen the company’s land acquisition, public relations, and government affairs departments. He and his land team directly secured more than 30,000 acres of term leases in the Marcellus and Utica basins, predominantly in Western Pennsylvania.  Among other responsibilities, he currently leads the company’s capital markets division, which has raised and deployed over $230 million in outside investor capital.   He resides in Pittsburgh, PA and holds FINRA series 22, 39, and 63 licenses.


Richard Saadeh – Executive Vice President of Development

A western Pennsylvania native, Rich began his career in 2004 with Exxon-Mobil (XOM) as a reservoir and facilities engineer, working  in Green River Basin, WY and on producing platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.  In 2010 he was promoted to Reservoir Engineer Supervisor, overseeing teams in East Texas and the mid continent.  In 2013, he moved upward to lead the team developing XTO/Exxon’s annual corporate plan (+/- $5B capex), and then on to the business development team where he evaluated and helped effectuate acquisitions in the Permian, Baaken, Eagle Ford, and Appalachian basins, exceeding $6B in value.  In 2017 he was again promoted to Appalachia Asset Development manager, where he was responsible for the development an asset of over 600,000 acres and 1,600 planned wells.  In 2018 he accepted a position with Range Resources (RRC) as its Director or Reservoir Engineering.  He holds a B.S. in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from Penn State University and resides in Fort Worth, TX.   


Randall L. Morris, Jr. – Chief Operating Officer

Randy 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. He oversaw the development of over 130 MDS operated wells, and currently oversees the day-to-day operations of our field staff, while also managing the company’s legacy assets and governmental compliance.  He resides in Kittanning, PA


Jason C. Knapp – Vice President of Finance

Jason has been with MDS since 2010 and is responsible for managing the MDS accounting and partnership administration departments.  He also manages capital raising efforts in the southeast United States. Jason received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of Maryland, College Park.  Also a Western Pennsylvania native, he currently resides in downtown Miami, FL and holds FINRA series 7, 24, and 63 licenses. 


Woody Soemantoro – Vice President of Due Diligence

Woody has over 20 years of experience in the securities industry, coming to MDS from Catalyst Energy in 2015.  He oversees broker/dealer interactions, facilitates new selling agreements, and manages the third-party due diligence process for MDS investment partnerships.  Mr. Soemantoro earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics/Math from George Mason University and holds Series 7, 63, and 65 licenses.  He currently resides in Huntington Beach, CA.